WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- This Sunday morning, several residents of Henrico County, Virginia woke up finding an old box TV on their front porch.
- Some homeowners’ security cameras showed a person wearing an old television set on their head placing the strange gift on the front porch.
- The mysterious ‘TV Santa Claus’ delivered the TVs to more than 50 homes.
Several residents of Henrico County, Virginia woke up to a strange gift this Sunday morning.
The bizarre incident was captured on some homeowners’ security cameras — a person can be seen wearing an old television set on their head, who then places an old box TV on the front porch.
The TVs were placed in such a way that when the front door is opened, the person inside was facing the screen.
According to the local CBS station WTVR-TV, the mysterious “TV Santa Claus” delivered the TVs to more than 50 homes.
The county’s police and residents wrote off the bizarre incident as a harmless prank.
Henrico Police Lieutenant Matt Pecka shared how the police worked with the Solid Waste Division to help the homeowners dispose of the TVs. Fortunately, they were able to do so in “just over an hour.”
One grateful resident, Jim Brooksbank, told the station, “Nobody should have to now go to the dump, pay the $3 and have to dispose of someone else’s garbage.”
Brooksbank said he found the delivery funny but also a little pointless: “It’s sort of funny… He wants to be known as the TV Santa Claus, I don’t know. I can’t think of any technology or political point that would be valid here. It’s just a senseless prank.”
Brooksbank guessed, “It’s summer, and people are getting ready to go back to school. Maybe ‘TV Man’ was just ready to strike and put a little humor in our lives.”
According to WTVR-TV, this isn’t the first time that TV Santa Claus struck Henrico County!
Almost exactly one year ago, in August 2018, residents in the nearby Grey Oaks community woke up to old TVs on their front porches. About 20 homes in the neighborhood received the strange TV deliveries last year.
The out-of-this-world incidents have not shown any signs of a crime being committed. But for safety, police encourage residents to call the Henrico County department if they ever spot wayward television sets.