The veteran who got an anonymous note slamming her for parking in a “veterans only” parking space in North Carolina said she finally received a note of apology, and posted it online.
“It was an error in judgment, and again, I’m sorry for that,” the unidentified person wrote in a letter to Rebecca Landis Hayes, which she posted on her Facebook account Monday. “Thank you for all that you’ve done. God bless.”
The dustup began when Landis parked in a vets-only parking spot June 13 at a grocery store in Concord. After she went in the store, a person who apparently saw her park – and believed she was not a veteran – placed a note on her car: “This parking is for veterans, lady. Learn to read & have some respect.”
Landis posted the handwritten rebuke on her Facebook accountalong with a message of her own.
“I’m sorry that you can’t see my eight years of service in the United Sates (sic) Navy,” she wrote. “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.
“Which leads to one question, I served, did you?”
The posting quickly spread around the web, with nearly 13,000 shares as of Wednesday morning. Eventually, Landis said the letter writer realized her mistake and responded:
“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,” the person, who still did not sign a name, wrote. “I would like to apologize to you. I know it’s no excuse. But I’ve seen so many young people park in retired vets spaces, along with handicap lately, and I lost my cool. I’m sorry you were the one who got the result of that angry moment. I know it was a mistake and I’m glad I saw your post. I immediately felt horrible about a situation where I assumed I was standing up for someone. Clearly, this was not the case. You didn’t deserve that, and I hope you can accept this apology. I appreciate your service to this country and I highly respect military men and women.”