- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A female veteran in North Carolina who parked in a military-reserved space on Monday was stunned to find a condescending note on her car questioning her service.

Rebecca Hayes, who served in the Navy for eight years, found the note on her windshield after shopping at a Harris Teeter supermarket in Concord.

“This parking is for Veterans, lady,” the note read, “Learn to read & have some respect.”

Ms. Hayes said the note brought her to tears. She said she normally doesn’t use the two parking places reserved for veterans at the store, but it was hot outside and both spaces were empty.

“I know I parked in one of the Veteran Parking spaces today, it was hot,” Ms. Hayes responded in a now-viral Facebook post. “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,” she continued. “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?” she concluded.

Ms. Hayes‘ post has been shared more than 6,000 times since Monday afternoon.

“Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, genders and colors,” Ms. Hayes told WBTV, a local CBS News affiliate. “More veterans don’t fit that stereotype than do.”

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