In this stolen valor video, a fake Marine is caught on camera by real Marine telling lies about his deployment and answering questions about his service incorrectly.
After hearing a store clerk brag about his deployment, a customer in a Fresno convenience store began to question him about his story. That customer, a Marine himself, knew that the store clerk's story was riddled with inaccuracies.
Dave Kind, the Marine who filmed the stolen valor interaction with the Circle K store clerk, asked questions about where he was deployed and his battalion’s nickname — questions that the clerk either did not answer or seemed to struggle to answer. Kind asked “which village in Afghanistan” the clerk said he was deployed to, but the clerk said he couldn’t remember.
Before Kind called out the store clerk, the clerk said he was “not a Hollywood Marine” but said he went to boot camp in San Diego — not Paris Island, S.C. The clerk then inaccurately confirmed multiple times that “Hollywood Marines” — the name given to Marines trained at San Diego — are from Paris Island.
“Dude, you were not a Marine,” Kind eventually said. “I know you’re not a Marine. I was in the Marine Corps for five years.”
The store clerk laughed off Kind’s accusations and mocked him when he tried to ask more questions.
According to KMPH-TV, the Circle K store manager confirmed that the store clerk is no longer an employee but defended the young man as just joking around.
Content warning: Video contains some strong language.
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