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.