Minnesota man tells hospital he’s Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, hospital says “ok!”

This man was not in Pink Floyd
This man was not in Pink Floyd

Pro tip for people without health insurance looking to cash in on thousands and thousands of dollars in medical treatment: tell the good medical folks at the hospital that you’re a gen-yoo-ine celebrity. Then they’ll do it for free! No questions asked. Literally no questions asked, apparently, in the case of this Minnesota man who strolled into a St. Cloud hospital and told everyone that he was Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour. To which they apparently replied something like, “Oh, hey, cool. Loved Dark Side of the Moon. Come on in and take advantage of our services, on the house!”

This man was in Pink Floyd / WENN.com
This man was in Pink Floyd / WENN.com

Um, what? According to this story in the St. Cloud Times, 53-year-old Phillip Michael Schaeffer racked up $100,000 in undisclosed treatment at the hospital — and signed an autograph for an employee’s son — all because he told them he was David Gilmour. Eventually, someone on the crack team became suspicious about why David Gilmour might be at a hospital, ID-less and health insurance-less (in Minne-freaking-sota no less) and decided to look further into the matter:  “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.” That’s some expert sleuthing!

Schaeffer was later arrested when he returned to the scene of the crime and tried to present some phony insurance papers, whereupon another staffer thought that his accent seemed suspect. All of this is hilarious.

We’re planning on trying this out should we ever find ourselves in, say, a jewelry store in St. Cloud. “Hi, we’re Beyonce and we need all your diamonds, please thanks. Baiii!”



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