WELLINGTON, New Zealand, June 3 (UPI) -- Funeral directors in New Zealand say they are keeping an eye out for a man spotted crashing multiple funerals for the free food.
Danny Langstraat, a director of Harbour City Funeral Home in Wellington, said a picture of the man, dubbed the "Grim Eater," was distributed to the company's branch offices with a warning that he was spotted at several funerals, up to four events a week, attempting to take food home from the ceremonies, The Wellington Dominion Post reported Thursday.
"He was showing up to funeral after funeral and, without a doubt, he didn't know the deceased," Langstraat said.
He said the man, described as in his 40s, was respectably dressed and behaved as a mourner would until the time came to eat.
"Certainly, he had a backpack with some Tupperware containers so, when people weren't looking, he was stocking up," Langstraat said.
He said the man has not been seen at a funeral since an employee took him aside during a recent ceremony and told him taking food home was not allowed.
Tony Garing, president of the Funeral Directors Association, said it would be difficult to legally ban someone from a funeral home.
"If it's in a church, or even in a funeral home, if a notice has been published in the paper it's essentially a public event," he said.