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Drive-Through Casket Viewing in a Land where Cars Rule

There was a time, not so long ago, when Compton, California was notorious for drive-by shootings. But lately the city once known for cars and death is making headlines for, well, cars and death. But not like in the bad old days.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Robert L. Adams Mortuary is offering drive-through casket viewings, the ultimate convenience for time-strapped southern Californians, who spend more time in their cars than just about anyone else.

“You can come by after work, you don’t need to deal with parking, you can sign the book outside and the family knows that you paid your respects,” owner Peggy Scott Adams told the Times. “It’s a convenience thing.”

The drive-through viewings aren’t just for cars, either. The service could be very convenient for people in wheelchairs too.

An added bonus: the glass window in the drive-through is bulletproof. That’s a remnant from those bad old days I was talking about, when sudden outbursts of gunfire at gang funerals were not uncommon.

The service has garnered positive reviews. “It’s different,” said one woman. “I’m used to just going up and looking into the casket, and spending as much time as you need. But it’s good this way. Not quite as emotional.”

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