WHEN A STRANGER CALLS

Restaurant Owner Receives Creepy Phone Calls and Letters After Flying Rainbow Flag

“Thank you for not breaking my virginity last night but your high wire stunt still needs improvement,” the postcard read. It was signed simply “Amanda.”

That’s just one of many bizarre letters Mike Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Lobster Grill in Sunnyside, NY, has received over the past month.

The small business owner became the subject of his own personal Lifetime movie of the week after flying a rainbow flag over his restaurant on March 2, according to the Sunnyside Post.

A few days after receiving the postcard, a package with no return address was mailed to the restaurant. It included Murphy’s business card along with a number of newspaper clippings about gay groups and gay celebrities. Days after that, another package arrived containing similar materials.

“I wouldn’t call it hate mail,” Murphy said, “but it’s kind of scary.”

He added: “The scribbled writing is very creepy.”

One of the packages included a phone number. When Murphy tried calling, the person on the other end of the line said they had no idea what he was talking about.

Drew Barrymore in Wes Craven's In addition to the packages, Murphy claims he’s also received several anonymous phone calls from a blocked number. The telephone will ring, but when he goes to answer it, the caller just hangs up.

He said he has not yet contacted the authorities, but if he receives another package, he will.

Meanwhile, the rainbow flag still flies.

“There is no reason for me to take it down,” he says. “My restaurant welcomes everyone.”