Funeral Workers Leave Hearse with Coffin Inside to Go Grab a Bite

Funeral workers leave hearse parked on the road, with coffin inside, to go have brunch and a smoke 4 photos
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Funeral workers, they’re just like us: when hunger strikes, it must be satiated. The difference is, of course, that funeral workers must stick to a schedule, especially if they’re carrying a body inside a coffin, in the hearse they’re driving.
A peculiar incident is making headlines in the British media, after funeral workers left a hearse unattended while they grabbed a bite to eat. Later, they left their vehicle for another 15 minutes while they smoked a cigarette, the Daily Mail reports.

That’s not the worst part, though. That would be that there was a coffin in the hearse and it was covered with flowers, which usually means there’s a body inside. Eyewitnesses tell the publication they even caught a glimpse of someone’s photo on the coffin, so it was, without a doubt, not empty.

With all that, the workers didn’t mind leaving the vehicle parked on a road in Cambridge for 40 minute, while they had brunch at a nearby restaurant. To add insult to injury, it was pretty hot outside, so whatever was going on in that coffin, it wasn’t good.

The hearse was initially parked outside Chesterton Carpets, and one carpet fitter came out of the shop and went to the restaurant to give the funeral workers a piece of his mind.

“I told them it was a bloody disgrace. They had left a family's deceased relative in a lay-by on full public display,” he tells the Mail. “They told me they had the right to eat, but in my view they had no respect. If that was my family member, I would have been disgusted.”

Another carpet fitter joined in, and the funeral workers eventually returned to the hearse and drove away. They didn’t go too far, though: the same report notes that they merely went down the road, where they parked it once more, got out and had a smoke. Only afterwards, did they drove away and (presumably) delivered the coffin to the final resting place of its occupant.
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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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