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Funeral Home Service Employees Leave Veteran's Coffin In Parking Lot Of Hardee's Restaurant (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante
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A Virginia man was outraged after spotting a hearse with an American flag-draped coffin parked outside of a fast food restaurant.

David Disch told WTKR he was in line at the drive-thru of a Hardee’s Saturday morning when he saw a hearse drive by. He said he saw two employees walk inside the restaurant after leaving the hearse parked outside.

“After I got my food I went around behind it to confirm what I had seen, a flag-draped coffin inside,” Disch said. “You couldn’t miss it.”

Bill Carter, the Ceremony and Planning Team Manager of Bliley’s Funeral Home, said the hearse was carrying the body of 80-year-old Bobby Hill for a 1:00 p.m. service at Rosewood Memorial Park in Virginia Beach. Hill is a retired Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force, according to his obituary.

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“That just added to the fire that it was a serviceman,” Disch said.

Disch snapped photos of the hearse and shared them on Facebook.

“I know we’re all human, we have to eat, but protocols need to be changed, something needs to be changed,” Disch explained. “I don’t think it would have bothered me as much, but when they both got out and proceeded in, that’s what set me off.”

Carter says the company has a policy in place that forbids employees to leave someone unattended in public unless there is an emergency. He claims that Hill was not left alone.

“In this case at least one associate was watching the locked and secured hearse while they were briefly inside a restaurant,” Carter said in a statement, adding that the company notified the family about the incident.

“The family was very pleased with our services and made sure to mention that to our associates,” Carter said. “Bliley’s takes the transportation and care of those people we serve very seriously and we have addressed this issue with our Associates to ensure that our procedures are followed consistently.”

Sources: WTKR, WHOTV

Photo Credit: Screenshot from WTKR