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A funeral care provider has been accused of lacking respect after three workers left a corpse in a coffin in supermarket car park – while they went inside for a cup of tea.
The men abandoned the coffin, which had a wreath on top, outside a Morrisons store in Tamworth for more than 20 minutes while they took their break.
Shoppers Karen Plant, 53, and her daughter Liz, 28, were so shocked by their actions that they stormed into the cafe and confronted the undertakers.
But the men – dressed in black top hats and tails – denied they had done anything wrong, claiming they needed a snack after their ‘long journey’.
Community nurse Liz said: ‘It’s really upsetting to think the body of someone’s loved one was in that coffin and it had been shoved in a car park before it was laid to rest.
‘I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a complete lack of respect.
‘At first I thought the hearse must be on its way back from a funeral but the coffin had a wreath on top of it.
‘There were lots of official-looking papers scattered on the dash board which detailed the funeral arrangements.
‘They were in full view so anyone could have seen them. It was shocking.