Don’t ask Rock Diaz. The clueless phony soldier was busted on Friday afternoon after he wore ACUs to get VIP treatment on a flight from the Dominican Republic to New York and flubbed his supposed rank under questioning, the New York Post reports.
A sharp-eyed customs official at JFK Airport asked Diaz his rank, and he answered “E-5.” But the insignia on the uniform he was wearing was for a staff sergeant, an “E-6.”
Diaz, 22, of Freeport, NY., wore a military-style buzz cut and uniform, but he could not produce a military ID. He wore black POW patch on his sleeve, and his “dog tags” were engraved with the words, “U.S.A. Marines Corp.”
The Post reached the Spanish-speaking Diaz, who told them he did nothing wrong; he blamed any confusion on a language barrier.
“I never asked to get upgraded. The stewardess offered me a new seat and I asked why? They explained it to me in English and I did not understand,” Diaz said. “I moved where they told me to sit.”