Funeral homes in New Zealand have been warned to be on the lookout for a man who crashes funerals to eat the food provided to mourning families then fills up the Tupperware containers he brought with him with leftovers.
Danny Langstraat, a director of Harbour City Funeral Home in Wellington, said his company finally became so irritated with the intruder's behaviour that it took a photograph of him, which it distributed to its branch offices.
The firm also alerted grieving families to his presence.
"He was showing up to funeral after funeral and, without a doubt, he didn't know the deceased," Mr Langstraat said. "We saw him three or four times a week. Certainly, he had a backpack with some Tupperware containers so, when people weren't looking, he was stocking up," he told the Dominion-Post newspaper.
Mr Langstraat said the man, in his 40s, was respectably dressed and did not look like someone who lived on the streets.
"He was always very quiet and polite, and did as the rest of the mourners did in paying his respects."
The man has stopped turning up since a staff member took him aside and had a stern word in his ear, telling him he could not take food home.