David Gilmour Impersonator Tries To Get Free Medical Care
A Minnesota man arrested for impersonating David Gilmour tried to dodge his hospital bill by claiming he was the famed Pink Floyd guitarist, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. 53-year-old Phillip Michael Schaeffer's unspecified medical care on April 20th reportedly cost a whopping $100,000 and Schaeffer even went so far as to sign an autograph for the son of a hospital worker. Although Schaeffer probably would've walked away Scott Free, the hospital flagged his chart in case he returned.
Sure enough, several days later, he returned to the St. Cloud Hospital for additional treatment, and suspicious medical staffers notified a police officer on hand who arrested Schaeffer. Schaeffer reportedly claimed that Floyd were on tour in Canada and flashed bogus papers, which claimed that "David Gilmour" was insured by Lloyd's of London.
Schaeffer was booked on April 24th at the Stearns County Jail for "investigation of felony theft by swindle." He's since been released on bail.
Hospital spokeswoman Jeanine Nistler told The St. Cloud Times: "There was some discussion among security staff leading people to believe that he really wasn't David Gilmour. So our security supervisor pulled up the security camera shots of when this man entered the hospital and compared them to pictures on the Internet of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and determined he was not David Gilmour."
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