VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – A funeral home hearse, carrying the coffin of an 80-year-old veteran, was parked outside a Hardee’s on Saturday morning while two employees went inside, WTKR reports.
David Disch, of Virginia Beach, says he was in the drive-thru line around 11 a.m. when he saw the hearse drive by. He says it parked in a back corner of the parking lot, and two employees got out and walked inside.
“After I got my food I went around behind it to confirm what I had seen, a flag-draped coffin inside,” says Disch. “You couldn’t miss it.”
The funeral home said they were carrying Bobby Hill for an service at Rosewood Memorial Park in Virginia Beach from their headquarters in Richmond. According to Hill’s obituary, he is a retired Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force.
“That just added to the fire that it was a serviceman,” says Disch.
Disch took action by taking pictures of the hearse and posting about it on Facebook.
“I know we’re all human, we have to eat, but protocols need to be changed, something needs to be changed,” says Disch. “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.”
The funeral home says they do have a company policy to never leave someone unattended in public unless in an emergency.
“In this case at least one associate was watching the locked and secured hearse while they were briefly inside a restaurant,” said the funeral home said in a statement.