Bill Murray ‘Stops Bank Robbery in Tokyo Accidentally’ Fake; Thousands Believe it

March 31, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Bill Murray didn’t stop a bank robbery in Tokyo, as that was a report published on a “satire” news website, but a large number of people apparently believed the fake article.

“A bank robber was apprehended today in Tokyo after stopping to talk with none other than Bill Murray,” the fake article reads.

The article was published on the National Report, a satire news website.

It continues: “‘The man robbed the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, ran out, saw Bill Murray walking on the street and stopped to talk with him. This is when authorities were able to arrest the suspect,’ Tokyo Police Chief Hideyoshi Mori told reporters.”

According to its disclaimer, the National Report doesn’t publish real news.

“National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental,” it says.

But numerous people thought the Murray satire was real.

“Bill Murray does it again. I love you Bill Murray!” one person said. “Bill Murray is a living legend!!!” added another.

One wrote: “This would not happen in America if the characters were reversed. For how many Americans robbing a bank would stop to talk to a Japaneese movie star? Not many Americans can identify any Japaneese movie stars.”