FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) – Cell phone video filmed at the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport is quickly going viral after a real United States soldier recorded a man who he believed was possibly impersonating an active U.S. military member.
Christian Parmer, a former U.S. Army Specialist who wrapped up his service less than a month ago says he saw a man wearing the Army uniform wrong.
So he confronted him.
Parmer says, “He’s wearing his hat in doors, which we don’t. He’s got a confederate flag on his shoulder, which we don’t wear of course.”
Parmer says the man then tried to act the part.
Parmer says, “Before I filmed I asked to see if he really was a soldier? He said yeah I’m Army EOD. I said okay, okay and I walked off. I said, ‘No this can’t be right; no soldier would wear his uniform in public in that manner.’”
Parmer, who served in Afghanistan as a combat engineer, and swept the roads for IEDs was so upset he notified airport police.
The video shows the man admitting the Army uniform is his step son’s. The man then claims he grabbed it out his step son’s closet because he had nothing to wear.
Parmer says the Stolen Valor Act makes it a crime to impersonate a U.S. military member, if that person attempts to benefit in any way from doing so. That includes any kind of military discounts, like free meals or falsely applying for benefits they are not entitled to.
However, in the video the man was holding a Starbucks coffee cup.
So KMPH Fox 26 News Reporter Erik Rosales asked the Starbucks employee at the airport if she recognized the man and if he received any sort of discount.
The Starbucks employee says yes he got a 20 percent discount for his cup of coffee.
Hell of an excuse right there. Had nothing else to wear…just grabbed it out of the closet…haven’t had time to go shopping. Say what you want about this dude but don’t say he didn’t have his plan all laid out in case he got caught. Hard to believe it fell through with such an airtight alibi and confident delivery. Hey when you can get your Venti Pike for $1.80 instead of $2.25 you got to at least try right?
Scum of the earth, these people. All of the brave military members overseas right now away from their families during the holidays risking their lives for our country, meanwhile back at home you got pieces of trash impersonating them to get 20% off Starbucks coffee and discounts at the mall. Fuck them.
PS – Confederate Flag on the shoulder? You serious dude?