A fake soldier was called out this week by a vet who alleges the man was dressing up while shopping at a local mall to make some deals — and the stolen valor claim was all caught on live video. The individual in question who had the footage recorded was a vet — a past Army Ranger — who says he spotted a man in uniform who did not quite look the part. Biz Pac Review News shares this Saturday, November 29, 2014, that the accuser approached the shopper and suspected him of dressing up on Black Friday to take advantage of some specials.
It is a truly disrespectful act to engage in stolen valor, and a fake soldier allegedly dressed up in uniform just to save some money off the deals he could get on Black Friday this week. Yet a former Army Ranger and proud U.S. vet soon called out the man while recording the awkward scene on video. He says that he caught the false guise because the man had a number of discrepancies in his outfit that a true soldier would not have.
Within minutes, the reported veteran began to call out the individual in question, giving him a number of questions that only a real combatant who served would be aware of. The so-called fake soldier did his best to answer the heated queries, and he initially did admirably. Yet the more questions the vet gave in the video, the more flustered the man in uniform became, and his authenticity became somewhat dubious. Soon the accuser simply said:
“Why don’t you just admit that you’re a phony?” he said to the suspect. “You know that’s illegal, right?”
According to Lightly Buzzed News, the soldier in the video caught live in the mall continued to contend that he was not wearing the uniform in any false manner, and had in fact served for the U.S. nation. Nonetheless, the vet only seemed to get angrier at mention of this remark, noting that he had friends who died in the war and that dressing up for deals or Black Friday specials was not tolerable under any circumstance. In fact, it goes against the law.
“You know what, I’ve worn that f*cking uniform and I had friends get killed in Afghanistan wearing that f*cking uniform,” the previous Army Ranger shot right back. It was certainly a tense situation.
Shortly afterwards, the suspect fake soldier stomped away to get away from his accuser. The man called out “Stolen valor!” loudly in the mall, having some passerby stare at him. A woman who was with the man tried to quiet him down, but to little avail. For those who do not know, stolen valor is a wrongful matter of dressing as a U.S. soldier to either falsify service for one’s country or never having actually served in the first place. It may be done to get special discounts or deals — especially on Black Friday, as many stores provide sales to veterans — or to highlight experience in battle that was not earned. What do you think of the viral video?