A Charlotte, North Carolina, Navy veteran got a hateful note left on her parked car, and she has taken to social media to defend herself and to publicly shame her anonymous hater, the Charlotte Observer is reporting.
Rebecca Hayes of Concord, North Carolina (in suburban Charlotte), went shopping Monday and stopped by the Harris Teeter (a grocery store) location in Coddle Creek. Harris Teeter, like some businesses across the country, has a few parking spaces reserved for veterans.
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Hayes, who served eight years in the U.S. Navy, says that she ordinarily doesn’t use veterans parking spaces, but because Monday was a hot day and there was more than one space available, she decided to take advantage of 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.”
Her choice, however, did not sit well with another shopper that day. He or she saw Hayes parking in the veterans space and assumed that Rebecca — a woman dressed in business casual clothing — wasn’t a veteran and wasn’t entitled to park in the space. He or she then left an anonymous note.
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Hayes did what just about everyone who unjustly receives an anonymous, nasty note these does: She took to social media to publicly shame her hater.
In a post titled “To the person who left this note on my windshield today at the Coddle Creek Harris Teeter in Concord, [North Carolina],” Hayes takes her hater to task for writing a nasty note before he or she knew all of the facts.
“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?”
In an interview with WBTV-TV (Charlotte), Hayes explained that her husband is also a veteran — of the U.S. Army — and that he, too, has gotten feedback when he parks in veterans parking spaces. And that feedback is always along the lines of “Thank you for your service.”
“Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, genders and colors.”
In the days before the internet and social media, if someone left you a nasty note on your car or your door, sent you an overly-demanding party invitation, or otherwise annoyed you in written form, about all you could do was show it to your friends and family and stew about it privately. Now, however, in the age of social media, you can publicly shame your haters. And people do it all the time.
For example, in September 2015, according to this Inquisitr report, Naomi Barringer of Westminster, Colorado, got a nasty note from a hater who took exception to her parking in a handicap spot. As it turns out, Naomi is the mother to a 10-year-old girl who is, in fact, disabled. Barringer posted the note on social media, and her story went viral.
Do you think veteran Rebecca Hayes deserved a nasty note for parking in a veterans parking spot?
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