NC veteran accused of abusing parking spot receives heartfelt apology

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CONCORD, N.C. — A female veteran from Concord who received a note accusing of her of abusing a veteran parking spot has received an apology.

“I wanted to let everyone know I received a much appreciated, sincere apology,” Rebecca Hayes posted on Facebook Monday night, a week after receiving a not-so-kind letter.

Hayes, who served in the U.S. Navy for eight years, parked in a reserved veteran spot at the Harris Teeter last Monday. She found a note on her car that read, “This parking is for Veterans, lady. Learn to read [and] have some respect.”

The post went viral, eventually finding the person who left the note.

“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,” the apology note started.

The person, who didn’t write a name, said they “felt horrible” about the situation, where they assumed they were standing up for someone.

“At first, I thought someone had left a note because they hit my car or something like that,” Hayes said about the initial note.

Hayes believes the note was left because she is a woman and didn’t fit the “stereotype” of a veteran in her business-casual attire.

Hayes said her husband, a veteran of the U.S. Army, has parked in the spot before. Unlike her, she said, he’s never gotten more than a “Thank you for your service” when getting out of his vehicle.

“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 ended.

 Here was the original letter: