According to WCNC, Rebecca Landis Hayes, an eight year Navy veteran, swung by the Coddle Creek Harris Teeter in Concord, NC, on June 13. The parking lot was packed save for a handful of spots marked for the use of veterans only. Being a veteran herself, she took advantage of the parking and ran into the store. When she returned, she found a hand-written note tucked under her windshield wiper that read,
"This parking is for veterans, lady. Learn to read & have some respect."
Despite being remarkably well spelled and punctuated for a note of this kind, the writer made a whole lot of assumptions when writing it. None of which turned out to be true. When she returned home, Hayes made the following post on her Facebook page, which quickly went viral.
"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 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.
Which leads to one question, I served, did you?"
Her post on Facebook has garnered over 2,000 shares. Hayes told WCNC that the response to her post was mostly positive, and that the Harris Teeter where the incident happened reached out to her with an apology.