A cemetery employee in Nebraska was fired after she was caught on video flipping off a father concerned about the condition of his late son’s gravesite.
According to KMTV, Ken Huebner’s son was buried in Graceland Park Cemetery after he passed away last October. While recently visiting the burial ground, Huebner noticed his son’s grave was covered in debris and tire tracks.
“I went there one night and I noticed all the decorations that people put out were gone.”
Huebner went to the cemetery’s office to address the issue with its staff.
The employee directed Huebner to an Islamic center, put up her middle finger, and closed the door in his face. Huebner recorded the confrontation on his phone and posted the video to Facebook, KMTV reports.
That employee has since been fired. Further, the video has been removed.
Sal Autera, the groundskeeper, was in the office during the incident. Autera says he apologized to Huebner but was just doing his job
As KMTV reports, Autera said:
“Like I told him the first time, I’m sorry.I thought he knew that it would happen–that it does happen–that you run over people’s burials to clear out others.”
Further, Autera had to deal with the snow while trying to dig the plot next to Huebner’s son.
“Snow is hard to move especially when it’s heavy. You got to move it out of the way before you do anything.”
However, Huebner isn’t sure why so much equipment is used for plot digging.
The father said:
“I don’t understand why you need all that machinery to clear a spot like that. And if you look around the rest of the cemetery, it’s serene.”
Despite his bad experience, Huebner intends to continue visiting the cemetery and doesn’t feel this incident should reflect the burial ground as a whole.