Veteran who found awful note on car receives apology

Doctor Rebecca Landis Hayes

Last week a female Navy veteran posted a perfectly crafted response to a nasty note that was left on her car and it went viral.

Rebecca Hayes found a note stating, “This parking is for Veterans, lady. Learn to read & have some respect,” when she returned to her car in the parking lot of Coddle Creek shopping center in Concord, NC.

Hayes, who is now a doctor, was distraught by the fact the author did have the “integrity and intestinal fortitude” to confront her in person.

So she posted a picture of the note on her Facebook page, along with this response to the person who left it:

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 response went viral -catching the attention of the national media– and landed her note in front of the person it was intended for.

The anonymous author sent this letter to Haynes’ work – which is listed as Cabarrus Family Medicine in Harrisburg, North Carolina.

Note to Rebecca Hayes

The letter reads in part:

“I appreciate your service to this country and I highly respect military men and women. It was an error in judgment and I’m sorry for that. Thank you for all that you’ve done.”

Hayes responded by saying, “I wanted to let everyone know I received a much appreciated, sincere apology,” in a statement made on Facebook.


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