Mon, Nov 02, 2009
Two Weeks Already, And He Won't Say When He's Leaving
A former German pilot who was reportedly dumped by a Brazilian
woman he met on the Internet has been living for the past two weeks
at the airport in Campinas, and he won't say when he plans to
Airport workers who have gotten to know the man, identified as
Heinz Muller, say he is out of money, and they bring him meals from
the food court. He reportedly spends his time on his laptop
computer which he places on a luggage cart, and occasionally talks
with passngers and airport staff in mixed Portugese and
A spokeswoman for Brazil's Civil Aviation Authority told The
Associated Press that he arrived in Rio de Janeiro October 2nd, and
he's welcome to stay in Brazil as long as doesn't break any laws.
The spokesperson said he had come to Brazil to visit a woman he met
on the Internet.
Apparently that didn't work out so well.
The normal visa for Europeans visiting Brazil is three months,
so Muller would not face deportation until early next year.
Authorities say he has declined offers of shelter provided by
non-profit groups. He bathes in the airport restroom and sleeps in
a chair in the airport's only terminal.
He told an AP reporter he would like to stay in Brazil
permanently. The German Embassy declined to comment.
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