This reminds me of a situation that arose many years ago… no names, no pack drill.
There was a programme on TV which talked about just how much a person (at a certain level) was paid.
Subsequently, an elderly lady phoned her brother…and hauled him over the coals…“I know how much you earn…they’ve been discussing it on TV… you could give me more help than you do !!” He had to explain to her that his salary did not resemble that being discussed on the TV…but she insisted she was right…it was on TV… it must be True !
We all laughed a lot… but she never did see the joke.