It was only a few weeks ago that we shared with you the story of a cheapskate scumbag that was impersonating an Army Ranger to get discounts at a mall when he was awesomely called out by a veteran. Now there’s another delusional individual wrongly wearing the uniform that’s reserved only for this country’s bravest men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedoms.
This sleazeball was at the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport dressed in complete Army regalia when he is confronted by Christian Parmer, a U.S. Army Specialist. A month ago, Parmer completed his gallant service in Afghanistan as a combat engineer where he risked his life sweeping the roads for IED’s. He noticed some strange things about this man’s uniform. First off, there was a Confederate Flag patch on the shoulder of the uniform, which is not part of your standard-issue U.S. Army ensemble.
“Before I filmed I asked to see if he really was a solider? He said yeah I’m Army EOD. I said okay, okay and I walked off. I said no this can’t be right, no solider would wear his uniform in public in that manner,” Palmer said.
Palmer was so upset he notified airport police and they both questioned the fraud.
This 44-year-old man claims that he had been in town for four days and had no clothes. So he grabbed the first thing that he found in his step-son’s closet. The step-son apparently had no other clothes in his closet except for his Army uniform. He also just so happens to have on boots that would appear to be that of a military uniform. What a strange coinkydink that he didn’t have old Nikes or Crocs, but boots that really give the look of someone in the military. He is also wearing the Army hat. Let me guess, that was the only hat available too?
When asked twice if he has any tattoos, the impostor answers, “I have no tattoos. I do not like needles.” Then when asked if he has a lightning bolt tattoo, he suddenly remembers that he has a tattoo. Then when asked about his criminal record he says that he was arrested four or five years ago for a domestic violence and in his own words, “I beat it.” Bad choice of word sir.
The dirtbag 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 Starbuck’s employee told the reporter that he received a 20 percent discount for his cup of coffee. The discount is given to all active military, which the employee assumed he was. Airlines also offer military discounts with reduced fares, free admission to frequent flyer lounges and waived luggage fees.
After the man was interviewed by police he was told to leave, which is lucky for him. It could have been much worse for him because it is illegal to impersonate military personnel. The Stolen Valor Act of 2013 made it a federal offense to fraudulently claim that one has military decorations with the intention of obtaining money, property, or other tangible benefit. The maximum punishment is a $100,000 fine and up to one year in jail for each offense.