When U.S. Navy veteran Rebecca Landis Hayes came home from grocery shopping in Concord, N.C., she found a rude note stuck in her windshield. At the store, Hayes was parked in a space reserved for veterans.
According to WBTV-TV, Hayes found the note after she returned home from the store. It read, “This parking spot is for veterans, lady. Learn to read and have some respect.” She cried while reading it, floored at the assumption that someone could’ve thought she was abusing the use of the space.
Hayes took to Facebook to respond.
“I know I parked in one of the Veteran Parking spaces today,” the post began. “The parking lot was full, so I just did it. It was the first time, and I won’t do it again. I’m sorry.”
“I’m sorry that you can’t see my eight years of service in the United Sates Navy. I’m sorry that your narrow misogynistic world view can’t conceive of the fact that there are female Veterans. I’m sorry that I have to explain myself to people like you. Mostly, I’m sorry that we didn’t get a chance to have this conversation face to face, and that you didn’t have the integrity and intestinal fortitude to identify yourself, qualities the military emphasizes.
She ended her post with a powerful question:
“I served, she said. “Did you?”
Hayes hadn’t ever parked in either of the two reserved spots, but her husband, a veteran of the U.S. Army, had, and those passing by had thanked him for his service.
“Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, genders and colors,” Hayes wrote. “More veterans don’t fit that stereotype than do.”
The post has garnered over 12,000 shares and a massive amount of support. One can only hope whoever wrote the note has seen Hayes’ response, which has opened up the eyes of many.