Back on Sunday 14th October (2007) I wrote about a Mr Linn Murphy in a post titled, “UFO Hoaxers And Their Toys”.
“Meet Linn Murphy, a man with perhaps a little too much time on his hands? Linn Murphy has built himself a 3 foot wide reinforced foam flying saucer that’s remote controlled and can hit 40 mph thanks to a tiny electric motor.”
The only reason I mention this is I recently came across the following article from the Mercury News:
|UFO toy seller in OC held for alleged pants fraud|
The Associated Press
IRVINE, Calif.—A man known for selling flying, flashing toys that have prompted UFO reports was arrested for a more earthbound problem: allegedly faking torn trousers.
Murphy had been trying to get a local restaurant called Houston's to reimburse him, claiming he had damaged his designer pants in a fall in the restroom, police said.
Murphy claimed the trousers were part of a suit valued between $500 and $1,800, police said.
When Houston's manager called a clothing store to verify the value of the pants, he was told that a Home Depot in Irvine had made a similar call because Murphy was trying to get that store to pay for his trousers, police Lt. Rick Handfield said.
The clothing store also said Murphy had requested a letter stating the value of the suit, Handfield said.
Murphy was booked at the Orange County Jail, where he was held Saturday on $20,000 bail, according to inmate information on the Sheriff's Department Web site.
Murphy is known locally for selling radio-controlled toy saucers with flashing lights. Murphy and the toy's creator, Steve Zingali, sell them for $1,000 apiece. Orange County police agencies say nighttime flights of the toys have prompted floods of UFO reports.
“Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it.”