Hearse Makes Pit Stop at Dunkin’ Donuts With Flag-Draped Casket

A Florida hearse driver and a funeral director are out of a job after taking a coffee break on their way to an Army veteran’s funeral.

Rob Carpenter said he confronted the two when he spotted the hearse with the flag-draped coffin of 84-year-old Lt. Col. Jesse Coleman unattended at a Dunkin’ Donuts in New Port Richey. Carpenter then started taking photos and video because the driver did not seem remorseful about the incident, he told ABC News. The video went viral when Carpenter shared it with the Veteran Warriors group on Facebook.

The hearse was driving from Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater to the service in Lecanto, which is less than 90 miles away. Veterans Funeral Care President Jim Rudolph said sometimes the drivers stop for bathroom breaks, but someone is supposed to stay with the vehicle at all times.
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PHOTO: A hearse driver and funeral director have been fired after stopping for coffee on the way to a funeral.
During a military transport, however, the hearse is not supposed to make any stops, he said.

“When a car leaves the funeral home with a flag on it, it’s on a stage … and we’re in ceremony mode,” Rudolph said. “Going into buy a doughnut with a flag-covered casket in your coach was a terrible lack of judgement.”

Rudolph declined to comment on why the decision was made to fire, rather than suspend, the hearse driver and funeral director.

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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