FARMERS BRANCH (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas woman, a military veteran, says she was shocked to see a hearse with a flag-draped coffin inside in a Walmart parking lot with the driver, nowhere to be seen.
So Tiffany Gallaway waited for him to return to the hearse and had her smartphone rolling.
“Excuse me sir, is that a casket?”
“Uh, yes ma’am (laughs),” says the driver.
“I can’t believe that somebody is actually leaving a fallen soldier behind that’s a no-no,” Gallaway told CBS11.
Gallaway let that driver know it.
Gallaway: “Why are you grocery shopping at Walmart?”
Driver: “Well, because they dropped this thing on me and said I needed to get it, and I said, ‘Hey we’re loaded’ but I didn’t like the idea either.”
Gallaway: “This has got to be the most disrespectful thing I have ever seen in my life. I just want you to know that. This is absolutely horrible. That man died serving our country and you’re putting ice in a cooler.”
Driver: “You and I are in agreement. I didn’t want to do this in the first place.”
But North Dallas Funeral Home says the driver was not authorized to make the stop and apologized in a statement to CBS 11 News saying, “The employee failed to follow our company policy regarding transporting between funeral facilities.”
“Who cares if you served? Who cares if you died? It doesn’t seem to matter anymore,” Gallaway said rhetorically to CBS11.
Gallaway says she comes from a military family and Is disgusted by the driver’s reaction to her complaint.
Gallaway: “I’m a veteran, and I would hope to God that when I pass…”
Gallaway: “that they would have a little more respect for me”
Gallaway: “You mean you wouldn’t want to go shopping at Walmart?”
It was not made clear to CBS11 who the person being transported was, but the driver confirms it was someone who served in the military or was a police officer or firefighter.
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