'Report' of man hanging on traffic light, defecating on cars is a hoax

Updated: Aug. 27, 2018 at 1:52 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A "news story" circulating on the internet regarding a man hanging on a traffic light in Myrtle Beach while defecating on cars below is a hoax.

According to, a site that detects "trending hoaxes from hundreds of known fake news sites, satirical websites and prank generators," the story originated from an article published by (while appearing to be from the legitimate

The "story" says 41-year-old David Martinez was arrested by Myrtle Beach police "after numerous calls about a man hanging from a traffic light and sh*tting on cars."

WMBF News reached out to Myrtle Beach police Monday regarding the hoax.

"It's a wild story, but it didn't happen," Cpl. Thomas Vest with the MBPD said.

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