Prank of the Day: A Wax Figure of the Pope Tricked New York, Led to an Investigation
While Pope Francis addressed Congress Sept. 24, New York City waited for his arrival. It was the perfect time to prank the Big Apple.
So, Madame Tassaud's drove around a new wax statue of the Pontiff in a convertible, leading to many turned heads, many selfies, many confused looks, many traffic snarls and at least one investigation by authorities.
The wax figure of the pope was part of a publicity stunt for Madame Tassaud, which added it to its collection in advance of Pope Francis' visit to the United States. The company drove it around Midtown, hours before the pope's expected arrival.
Someone who saw the figure of the pope riding down Fifth Avenue was concerned, snapped a photo and sent it to the New York City Police Department.
Officers investigated and found that the pope wasn't really in the back of the white convertible, which hardly looked like the popemobile. The actual Pope Francis was addressing Congress at the time the replica was spotted in NYC.
No charges were filed in the incident, but Madame Tassaud personnel apologized to officers for not having a front license plate - a state motor vehicle violation.