CONCORD, N.C. -- We've all seen designated parking spots in lots across the country-- the obvious ones are for the handicapped, or perhaps for loading zones or motorcycle parking. But some businesses take it a bit further with designated parking for other members of the community, such as expectant mothers and veterans.
A Concord woman parked in one of those spots Monday at the Coddle Creek Harris Teeter in Concord.
When she returned from shopping, she found a note on her vehicle that read, "This parking is for veterans, lady. Learn to read & have some respect."
That woman, Rebecca Landis Hayes, took to Facebook to respond to the anonymous note writer:
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?
By Monday night, the post had been shared on Facebook nearly 1000 times. Hayes tells WCNC.com that the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Hayes also says Harris Teeter reached out to her on Monday to apologize for what happened at their store.