Navy officer receives apology letter from the man who left a nasty note on her car for parking in a veterans’ space at grocery store.
The original note left on Rebecca Landis’ car windshield accused her of abusing the use of a “Veterans Only” parking spot. The mean note ending up going viral after she posted it, along with her response to it, on her Facebook page.
Now another note has appeared but this time a little bit nicer, an unexpected but welcome apology letter.
The apology note said:
‘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. I would like to apologize to you.
‘I know its 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. It was an error in judgement, and again, I’m sorry for that.
‘Thank you for all that you’ve done.
In her new Facebook post, Hayes said the apology was sincere and much appreciated. She said it means a lot when someone can admit to his or her mistakes. ‘In today’s world people make assumptions a lot. Just to say, ‘I’m sorry,’ especially if sincere, always goes a long way.’
Rebecca Hayes, an 8-year veteran of the U.S. Navy came out to her car on this past Monday after shopping at a grocery store to see a note on her car criticizing her for parking in a spot reserved for veterans. The note read; “This parking is for Veterans lady, learn to read and have some respect.”
Hayes turned to social media to give her reply. She said she doesn’t normally use spots reserved for veterans but it was a hot and busy day so she took advantage due to several spot being available.
“I’m sorry that you can’t see my eight years of service in the United States 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.”
She finished her reply in classic fashion asking the unknown person, “I served, did you?”