Typically, you don’t see your finer hearses used as getaway cars.To paraphrase Austin Powers, “Honestly, who steals a hearse?” A no-name homeless guy with lots of time to rummage around the funeral home office does, that’s who.
Said homeless guy stole Louis Charbonnet’s hearse last night to haul away “$1,000 in cash, check and various other items, including TVs, a keyboard, computers and sound equipment.” The Crawfish Anti-Defamation League was quick to step in and say no crawfish were implicated in the robbery.
Charbonnet (pronounced sharr-bo-nay), or, more accurately, Charbonnet’s New Orleans French Quarter draft mules were in the Hurricane Katrina news nine years ago. Charbonnet’s daughter, Kim, helped start up a stable of horses for use in old-fashioned horse-drawn funerals and weddings. The mules were employed for French Quarter tours. When the hurricane threatened, the Charbonnets were faced with the task for moving 50 equines our of harm’s way. The Charbonnets succeeded in evacuating their draft horses before the flood but the mules and three stable hands were forced to stay behind. (Think about it…how do you evacuate 50 1,000 pound animals?) The stalls flooded to the mules’ necks but the stable hands were able to swim them out to higher ground. In rerospect, Kim said it would have been better to evacuate the mules first because they work daily.