Barely anything good can come from finding a note on your windshield. Either you've received a parking ticket, or you just got a passive-aggressive note about your parking skills. Rebecca Landis Hayes was left an angry, bitter note even sh*ttier than usual, because the rudeness was bolstered by good ol' fashioned sexism.
Landis Hayes, a veteran, pulled into a parking spot reserved for veterans at a grocery store in Concord, North Carolina. Whoever saw her enter the store noticed her femaleness and was immediately enraged. Clearly, they did not believe that she had served, leaving her the rudest of rude notes. Not only did the anonymous parking lot person question her service, but they called her "lady."
She posted a picture of the note, along with her own note for 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?
The post went viral with over 2,495 shares in 24 hours. People on Facebook are taking the opportunity to thank her for her service.
Soldier girl, tell 'em.