Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Landis Hayes, a former Navy physician and veteran, went to park her car in front of a Harris Tweeter grocery store in 2016.
Lt. Cmdr. Hayes, a native of Concord, North Carolina, was picking up a birthday cake when she parked in a spot designated for veterans. When she got back to her car, she found a small notebook page tucked under her windshield.
The message written on it read: “This parking is for Veterans, lady. Learn to read & have some respect.”
As any veteran would be, Lt. Cmdr. Hayes was upset. She believed whoever had written the message didn’t believe she had served because she’s a woman.
“I’m sorry that your narrow misogynistic worldview can’t conceive of the fact that there are female veterans,” she wrote on Facebook. “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 don’t have the integrity and intestinal fortitude to identify yourself, qualities the military emphasizes. Which leads to one question, I served, did you?”
Lt. Cmdr. Hayes’ post went viral, and about a week later, she discovered that a new note — still anonymous — had arrived at the medical practice where she works.
“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,” the new note said.
It turned out to be an apology from the same stranger who’d written the note.
“I guess they kind of did some self-reflection,” Lt. Cmdr. Hayes said. “The apology seems to be sincere and I do appreciate that.”
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