This ‘soldier’ was at the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport trying to get a measly 20% discount on some coffee when he was confronted by ex Army Specialist Christian Parmer.
The 44-year-old faker – who claimed he’d only been in town for 4 days and had no other clothes – was then confronted by airport staff at Christian’s request, when they’d been told he was fishing for discounts in various stores.
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.
However luckily for the fraudster, on this day he got to walk away without cuffs. Impersonating military personnel is a federal offence of the Stolen Valor act of 2013 with the maximum punishment being a $100,000 fine and a year in jail.
Let’s hope he doesn’t risk it again. Or maybe we should hope for that. Some hard justice would do him some good.