The response to this story has been outrage. A hearse carrying retired Lt. Col. Jesse Coleman to his funeral ended up in a New Port Richey, FL Dunkin Donuts because the funeral employees wanted some breakfast.
It was around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday at a Dunkin’ Donuts on U.S. 19 when Rob Carpenter saw the hearse in the parking lot and inside it he saw the flag-draped casket on full display.
Carpenter’s dad is a World War II Navy veteran and he was infuriated by what he saw so he went up to the driver’s side of the window and knocked.
He asked the driver “is that a body in there?”, the driver told him it was so he said:
So you have a soldier in your hearse and you stop for doughnuts?
The driver didn’t answer but it was around that time the other funeral employee arrived with coffee and a bag of doughnuts.
Carpenter proceeded to take pictures of the hearse and sent it to Veteran’s Warriors. They posted the image on Facebook and that is when the public outrage began.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Coleman’s widow was devistated when she heard about the incident on the news.
courtesy of Fox News
“I was devastated” she said.
“I was hurt and shocked and I’m still hurt and shocked by it. That’s my reaction. I don’t think he deserved to be on display like that. And I think it was careless and thoughtless of the drivers”
The hearsh belonged to Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater, FL. When they heard of the incident both employees were fired.