Army impersonator given Starbucks discount, confronted by actual veteran

Act of whatever the opposite of valor is.


Ramon Ramirez

Internet Culture

Published Dec 24, 2014   Updated May 29, 2021, 9:53 pm CDT

A 44-year-old California man was confronted by Christian Parmer, a former U.S. Army Combat Engineer at Fresno Yosemite International Airport for impersonating a member of the armed services. The man was wearing full-blown army regalia (pants, coat, hat, boots). 

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Nearly as deplorable, the man reportedly used the uniform to garner a Starbucks discount.

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Police questioned the man and asked him to leave, but not before Parmer filmed a damning line of questions. The man copped to having an arrest record, and changed his story multiple times.

The whole thing began when he noticed the impersonator wearing his hat indoors—which is against protocol. The fact that that coat donned a Confederate flag didn’t help the matter, yet the man claimed to be an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. 

“If you’re EOD, what’s the R.E. factor of C4?” asked Parmer. “What’s your MOS?”

Baffled, the man changed his narrative and claimed it was his stepson’s uniform and that he had no other clothes to wear.

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Fox News reporter Erik Rosales determined that the man had been given a Starbucks discount at the airport of 20 percent off. Impersonating a veteran is illegal under the Stolen Valor Act.

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Photo via Official Navy U.S. Page/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) 

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*First Published: Dec 24, 2014, 5:39 pm CST