Getting wild and crazy can boost the career of an actor or comedian like Bradley Cooper or Zach Galifianakis, but apparently not a weatherman like John Bolaris.
The Philadelphia weatherman for a Fox affiliate has been fired after Playboy published a first-hand account he gave describing a wild weekend in Miami where he was drugged by the Russian mob.
In March of 2010, the local television personality was approached by two beautiful European women at a sushi bar, saying:
“I'm a guy…There was the thought that I might get laid. … I was used to girls in Philly coming on to me aggressively once they found out I was John Bolaris, the TV weatherman.”
After taking a few shots, he claims he “lost all concept of time" and woke up the morning with a painting that cost his American Express credit card $2,500.
Guess he wasn't aware of how much these two gals tricked him into spending because he agreed to go out with them again the following night. After returning to Philly, he discovered he had spent a total of $43,712.25 while partying with these women, but had no recollection of making the purchases.
The FBI investigated and ended up indicting 17 members of the Russian mob for scamming at least 88 men in South Beach. Bolaris cashed out with a reported $100,000 in damages.
Not a bad ending to a crazy vacation story, except now that story has cost him his job.
He was suspended when he allegedly leaked the story to the Philadelphia Daily News, but then fired last month. A spokesperson for the news station says his exit was "mutually agreed upon" when the story hit the media.
Apparently people don't want to get their weather from a man who can make it rain. LOLz!
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