WATCH: “I Didn’t Have Anything Else to Wear”: Fake Army Ranger Busted Getting a Starbucks Discount in Uniform by a Veteran in Stolen Valor Video
Pretending to be in the military in order to get discounts and accolades is pretty despicable. And this faker got called out by a real veteran when he wore a uniform in order to get a discount at Starbucks in this mind-boggling video.
Christian Parmer, 21, a former U.S. Army Combat Engineer, told The Daily Mail he was at Fresno International Airport on Monday going through security when he noticed the apparent officer sitting down drinking a Starbucks.
What stood out to Parmer was the fact the man had his hat on inside – which is against protocol -and he informed a police officer who was walking by.
‘I just knew he wasn’t military, but I could hear him talking about being in the EOD,’ Parmer said.
Impersonating a veteran is illegal under the Stolen Valor Act.
The airport police officer asked Parmer – who served for over three years – to accompany him to speak to the man.
The two then interrogated the man, with Parmer filming the encounter and later uploading it to YouTube.
‘If you’re EOD, what’s the R.E. factor of C4?’ Parmer asks in the video.
‘What’s your MOS?’
The phony quickly folds, and admits the uniform actually belongs to his stepson.
He curiously said he didn’t have anything else to wear to the airport that day to pick up his father.
‘None of his story made sense, he was all over the place,’ Parmer said.
The man also admitted to having an arrest record, stemming from a domestic violence charge ‘four or five years ago’.
… Under the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, it is illegal for an individual to fraudulently portray him or herself as a recipient of any of several specified military decorations or medals with the intent to obtain money, property or other ‘tangible benefit.’
It’s a little pathetic, really, when you think about it — they spend God knows how much money getting a uniform and all the medals and patches, and for what? To get fifty cents off their coffee at Starbucks? If it wasn’t so infuriating and offensive, you’d almost have to feel bad for these losers.