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Hearse with flag-draped coffin left in parking lot

Drivers leave hearse with flag-draped coffin inside in doughnut shop parking lot

Hearse with flag-draped coffin left in parking lot

NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida (AP) -- Two Florida hearse drivers have been fired after they stopped at a doughnut shop with a flag-draped coffin in the vehicle on the way to a funeral and an outraged man sent a video to a local veterans group.

Multiple news outlets report that Rob Carpenter spotted the hearse in the parking lot of a New Port Richey Dunkin' Donuts on Tuesday with its curtains open and the coffin visible.

In the coffin was the body of 84-year-old Lt. Col. Jesse Coleman, a decorated soldier who served in Korea and Vietnam.

Carpenter confronted the driver and sent images to Veteran's Warriors. The group posted the images to Facebook.

Funeral home director Jim Rudolph says he has fired the men.

Updated : 2021-09-19 05:14 GMT+08:00