A female veteran from North Carolina shared her frustration about being accused of abusing a parking spot reserved for veterans on social media.
Rebecca Hayes went to a local store on June 12 and parked in one of two spots reserved for veterans since it was available, according to WBTV.
“I know I parked in one of the Veteran Parking spaces today, it was hot," Hayes wrote on Facebook. "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."
Although Hayes is an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, she said she does not usually use the spaces reserved for veterans.
When she returned 30 minutes later, she found a note on her windshield.
“At first, I thought someone had left a note because they hit my car or something like that,” Hayes said, WBTV reports.
But the note had nothing to do with an apology.
“This parking is for Veterans, lady,” it read. “Learn to read [and] have some respect.”
Hayes believes the person left the note because she does not fit the stereotypical image of a veteran. As well as being a woman, Hayes was wearing business attire.
“Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, genders and colors,” Hayes said to WBTV. “More veterans don't fit that stereotype than do.”
Hayes used her Facebook profile to address the author of the note:
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?