Two former funeral home employees are out of a job after they stopped for coffee at a Dunkin’ Donuts, leaving a hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin of an Army veteran in the parking lot.
NBC affiliate WFLA reports that the body of Lt. Col. Jesse Coleman was on its way from Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater to a funeral service Tuesday morning. The two employees stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts in New Port Richey around 8:50 a.m.
Rob Carpenter, who was headed into the Dunkin’ Donuts that morning, did a double take when he saw the hearse. Carpenter’s own father served in the military, so he decided to confront the drivers.
“I’m like, ‘Is this really a body in here?’ and he says, ‘Yes,’ and I said, ‘So you have a dead soldier in the back of your hearse and you’re stopping to get coffee?’ And he didn’t say anything,” WFLA reports.