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Female veteran who received nasty note for parking in ‘veterans only’ spot gets apology note

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CONCORD, N.C. – It all started over a parking spot.

Rebecca Landis Hayes parked in a veteran’s only parking spot when she was running errands in Concord.

When she returned to her car, she found a note.

“This parking is for veterans, lady. Learn to read & have some respect,” it read.

However, the author had no idea that Hayes is a veteran.

“To the person who left this note on my windshield today at the Coddle Creek Harris Teeter in Concord, NC: I know I parked in one of the Veteran Parking spaces today, it was hot. I had been in and out of my car several times already this afternoon, and I was only going to be a minute. Besides, 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 States 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.

Which leads to one question, I served, did you?” her response read.

Her post on Facebook went viral and was shared thousands of times.

It seems even the author of the note saw her Facebook post because she soon received an apology.

“To the lady whose car I left a note on- I happened to come across your post on Facebook through a friend who shared your photo and status. I would like to apologize to you. I know it’s no excuse, but I’ve seen so many young people park in retired vets spaces, along with handicap lately, and I lost my cool. I’m sorry you were the one who got the result of that angry moment. I know it was a mistake and I’m glad I saw your post. I immediately felt horrible about a situation- where I assumed I was standing up for someone. Clearly, this was not the case. You didn’t deserve that, and I hope you can accept his apology. I appreciate your service to this country and I highly respect military men and women. It was an error in judgement, and again, I’m sorry for that. Thank you for all that you’ve done. God Bless,” the note read.