Hearse stops at Hardee’s on way to funeral for veteran

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A Bliley's 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.

David Disch, of Virginia Beach, said he was in the drive-thru line around 11 a.m. when he saw the hearse drive by.  It parked in a back corner of the parking lot and two employees got out and walked inside, according to WTKR.

"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 Ceremony and Planning Team Manger of Bliley's Funeral Home, Bill Carter, says they were carrying Bobby Hill for a 1 p.m. 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."

Carter 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 Carter in a statement to NewsChannel 3.

Carter says they also notified the family.

"The family was very pleased with our services and made sure to mention that to our associates. 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."

2 comments

  • TERRY COBB

    Dave Disch needs to get a life instead of making other’s miserable. I’m a vet. If my hearse driver gets hungry while waiting hours for a funeral, then by all means, get something to eat. I’m not going anywhere!

  • thechurchofchrismartin

    It is totally disrespectful to the deceased veteran to leave his casket sitting in a hot hearse in the fast food parking lot while the two yahoos driving him go in for a burger and fries. My son works for an airline and I told him whenever he is handling the remains of ANY SERVICEMAN or WOMAN, to always use the UTMOST CARE & RESPECT with their remains.

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