May 1, 2020 | 2: am
A worker is seen outside the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Services funeral home, where it was found to be storing dead bodies in unrefrigerated U-Haul vehicles. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
Rental company U-Haul has reportedly cut ties with the Brooklyn funeral home caught storing dozens of bodies inside their unrefrigerated trucks.
Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Services in Flatlands is no longer welcome to rent from the company, U-Haul sources told TMZ .
The U-Haul trucks used by the funeral home to hold corpses are also being decommissioned so they can be deep cleaned, according to the report.
“This is a wrongful, egregious and inhumane use of our equipment,” company bigs told the outlet.
“Our trucks are designed for household moves,” the sources said. “Properly caring for the remains of people’s loved ones requires vehicles suited specifically for that purpose. Our trucks absolutely cannot be rented for this reason. ”
The ghastly use of the trucks was uncovered Wednesday when workers at a nearby business alerted police of a foul smell coming from the truck, sources have said.
“It was bad,” said an employee of the Dollar General store next door.
“Disgusting,” a neighbor had said while watching a worker sweep a clear liquid out the rear doors of a U-Haul truck parked on Avenue M.
Dr. Howard Zucker, the state’s health commissioner, said Thursday the funeral faced possible “fines and suspensions,” and vowed that “we’ll enforce this as much as possible.”
“We have issued guidance out to all funeral homes that we will not tolerate any of that kind of behavior,” Zucker said during Gov. Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefing in Albany.