Claim: Bill Murray praised a town called Toowoomba after his rental car broke down and he was treated to lunch by local residents there, who were apparently unaware of who he was.
Date(s) active: Jan 2017
Originated from: DailyNews10.com
Claims that Hollywood veteran Bill Murray recently praised the residents of Toowoomba after his rental car broke down are spreading on Twitter. The links lead to an article on DailyNews10.com that reads –
Bill Murray Had This to Say About Toowoomba, Australia Residents
TOOWOOMBA, Australia – During a radio interview this morning, Hollywood actor Bill Murray took a moment to praise Toowoomba, Australia residents who had helped him with a mechanical issue with his rental car as he passed through the city recently:
“We were just leaving the city limits of Toowoomba, Australia when the damn car overheated or something so I pulled it over to the side of the road and within just a minute or two there were a couple of cars that pulled over to help me out. I told them that I was on the phone with the rental car company but one of them had a brother who owned a tow truck and a few minutes later it was there and he towed it to a place nearby to get fixed.
So then the one guy finds out that I’m not from there and offers to take me in to get lunch while my car is getting fixed and I’m thinking, ‘Sure, what the hell.’ So we drove to the finest dining spot in Toowoomba – some place called Grill’d Toowoomba – and get a burger. Great freakin’ burger too. These guys had no idea who I was either which made my day, honestly.
I’m telling you, these people in Toowoomba are the real deal. I’m gonna move there after I retire,” Murray said with a laugh.
Murray added later, “You have to understand, this is something that would’ve never happened in L.A.! So yeah, that’s my story about Toowoomba, Australia. It’s nice to know there are still places like this in the world.”
However the story is a hoax. The interview will Bill Murray is fake, and this story is part of a larger set of hoaxes that use the exact same story, only changing the names of both the celebrity and the supposed town where this break down apparently occurred.
We have been able to track down dozens of examples of this same story, only with different celebrities and towns, that are popping up on a series of fake news websites. Other headlines include –
Other examples of the same story include the following headlines –
Morgan Freeman Had This to Say About Auburn, Alabama Residents
Jennifer Aniston Had This to Say About Brampton, Ontario Residents
Miley Cyrus Had This to Say About Hollister, California Residents
Bruce Willis Had This to Say About Springfield, Tennessee Residents
Woody Harrelson Had This to Say About Danville, California Residents
Bill Murray Had This to Say About Prescott Valley, Arizona Residents
Adam Sandler Had This to Say About St. John’s, Newfoundland Residents
Adam Sandler Had This to Say About Dubuque, Iowa Residents
Matthew McConaughey Had This to Say About York, Pennsylvania Residents
The websites that host these stories are being shared prolifically on social media, despite being utterly false. Each site has a disclaimer that reads –
dailynews10.com is an entertainment website composed mostly of articles containing satire. None of the articles on dailynews10.com should be considered true and are simply works of satire meant for entertainment purposes.
Other sites belonging to this network of fake sites include DailyNews10.com, Local31News.com, 16WMPO.com and NewsDaily12.com.
As such, any stories about celebrities praising towns that are featured on these websites are likely to be hoaxes.