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Innocent Trip To Mexico Results In Jail-time And Stolen Passport (Twitter Thread)

Andrew Kimmel, a man who decided to use some miles to maintain a certain status with American Airlines, booked a $400 flight to Mexico and had quite the unforgettable experience. 

When you fly so often, you often rack up some travel perks in the form of mileage and more. Kimmel is an avid flyer, flying up to three times a week when working in news and twice a week working as a reality producer. Both jobs required Kimmel to travel all over the United States. And whenever he had time off, he would plan trips out of the country.

Last year, Kimmel had obtained the status of 'Executive Platinum' with American Airlines. Such a status gave him three free checked bags, top of the list for complimentary upgrades on all domestic flights, free same-day flight changes and four free system-wide upgrades. Meaning, if you were flying economy to Asia, you would be able to use one system-wide upgrade that would bump you to business. So what would essentially start as an $800 economy ticket could end up being a $5,000 business class seat. 

Recently, American Airlines changed what it takes to hold the 'Executive Platinum' status. To achieve the 'Executive Platinum' status you once had to spend $12K a year on flights (pre-tax), now you must spend $15K a year to maintain the status. 

In a Twitter thread, Kimmel shared his insane and unbelievable story when traveling to Mexico:  

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Story Of A Man Sentenced To Life Without Parole For Stealing $9

The justice system has failed many, many unfortunate souls. Including Willie Simmons, who was sentenced to life without parole, in 1982, for stealing $9. 

Investigative journalist Beth Shelburne has brought Simmons' story into the spotlight when sharing this man's story via Twitter. Not only was Willie Simmons sentenced to life for something so ridiculous, but he has also been and still is currently imprisoned in one of the most notorious prisons in Alabama. 

Alabama Legislature passed something called the "Habitual Felony Offender Act" to crack down on repeat criminals, back in 1977. And journalist Shelburne is here to shed some light on just some of the injustice created by this "Habitual Felony Offender Act."

thread tweets story jail wrongful sentence injustice sad story news | tweet by bshelburne THREAD: Today talked Willie Simmons, who has spent last 38 years prison stealing $9. He convicted 1st degree robbery sentenced life without parole 1982, prosecuted under Alabama's habitual offender law because he had 3 prior convictions
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