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Tue Jun 14, 2016, 12:55 PM

Veteran fires back after angry note is left on car...for parking in a Veteran's space



http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/local-vet-fires-back-after-misogynistic-note/242939780

That woman, Rebecca Landis Hayes, took to Facebook to respond to the anonymous note writer:

To the person who left this note on my windshield today at the Coddle Creek Harris Teeter in Concord, NC:

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 wonít do it again. Iím sorryÖ

Iím sorry that you canít see my eight years of service in the United Sates Navy. Iím sorry that your narrow misogynistic world view canít conceive of the fact that there are female Veterans. Iím sorry that I have to explain myself to people like you. Mostly, Iím sorry that we didnít get a chance to have this conversation face to face, and that you didnít have the integrity and intestinal fortitude to identify yourself, qualities the military emphasizes.

Which leads to one question, I served, did you?

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Reply Veteran fires back after angry note is left on car...for parking in a Veteran's space (Original post)
Miles Archer Jun 2016 OP
mwrguy Jun 2016 #1
Blue_Adept Jun 2016 #3
progressoid Jun 2016 #5
REP Jun 2016 #10
KansDem Jun 2016 #12
TheBlackAdder Jun 2016 #19
cwydro Jun 2016 #22
2naSalit Jun 2016 #2
sheshe2 Jun 2016 #4
cynatnite Jun 2016 #6
sarge43 Jun 2016 #7
pinboy3niner Jun 2016 #8
Ilsa Jun 2016 #9
sarge43 Jun 2016 #17
Duval Jun 2016 #21
spooky3 Jun 2016 #18
mountain grammy Jun 2016 #11
sarge43 Jun 2016 #15
keithbvadu2 Jun 2016 #13
sarge43 Jun 2016 #16
Plucketeer Jun 2016 #23
spanone Jun 2016 #14
Duval Jun 2016 #20
Glassunion Jun 2016 #24
mark67 Jun 2016 #25

Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 12:57 PM

1. Veteran's space?

wtf

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Response to mwrguy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 01:06 PM

3. There are plenty of distinct parking spaces in a variety of locations/shops/etc

Considering the hardships that some veterans have, a closer parking space can make all the difference in making their day easier.

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Response to mwrguy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 01:30 PM

5. There is a store here that has four different type of reserved spaces.

Handicapped, veterans, pregnant women (as if there were some other type of pregnant person) and employee of the month.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 02:39 PM

10. Only the Disabled parking is legally enforceable

The others are just nice gestures. So even if she weren't a veteran, it was none of jerkface's business.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 02:44 PM

12. We have a store that has reserved parking for "New Mothers"

For parents of infants and toddlers. Much safer than traversing the lot during peak hours.

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Response to mwrguy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:43 PM

19. Yep. It's quasi-private property so the landowner/tenant decides to asks to respect this wish.

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Response to mwrguy (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:47 PM

22. They have those at all the Harris Teeters in Charlotte, NC too.

Oddly, I noticed they've changed one back to an expectant mother's space.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 01:03 PM

2. Sadly,

not only did she serve those of us who respect her and her contributions, she also served assholes like that.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 01:10 PM

4. Ouch!

Excellent smack down! Brava.

Thanks, Miles.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 01:39 PM

6. Sadly, this is a common misconception....

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Response to cynatnite (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 02:30 PM

7. Yup.

I have a veteran's license plate on my beater. Once a man came up to me and said, "What branch did your husband serve in?"

"Air Force (two beats here) just like me."

"Oh."

"Yeah and I out rank him."

(Hand salute to Navy. Nice shooting, Sailor)

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 02:34 PM

8. "Yeah and I outrank him."

Bazinga!

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 02:39 PM

9. I used to tease an old friend about her husband

having to salute her in the morning. (Lt Cmdr vs Lt)

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:34 PM

17. A couple of mouth breathers ragged on hubby about the rank thing

His answer, "We don't wear our uniforms to bed."

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #17)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:46 PM

21. Ha ha Love it!!

 

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:36 PM

18. Good work, sarge. In 2016 we should not be

Having to deal with this.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 02:41 PM

11. My mom joined the Marines in 1942.

She was 30, single and hated fascism. She never had a vet parking space, but did use a handicap space the last few years. She would have loved this story.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:14 PM

15. Sempre Fi

Your mom was a true pioneer

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 02:59 PM

13. Probably a militia type, who never served.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:15 PM

16. A real vet wouldn't have made that mistake

A poser, no doubt.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:48 PM

23. A "Well Regulated" one nt

 

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:12 PM

14. K&R...

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:43 PM

20. OUCH!

 

Good for her!!

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:50 PM

24. Cool story.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 03:55 PM

25. On the other hand...

I retired after 21 years, 4 deployments, shoulder injury, respiratory issues (all chronic) but try to live a healthy lifestyle, run 3x a week, etc...

My wife and I parked in one of the Veterans Only spots at the local Harris Teeter...didn't think anything about it. But when I came out there was a gentlemen easily 70-80 in the Veteran's spot next to mine on a scooter struggling to lift onto the back of his vehicle. I assisted him, left and then vowed to never again use one of those Veteran's Only parking spots again out of respect for those veterans who really need them. Quite frankly I felt like I was in the Seinfeld episode about the handicapped parking space.

I also think this goes in the same category of all of the slightly overweight individuals who shamelessly use the Handicapped parking spaces. Human nature dictates that 20% of these individuals are in chronic pain but the other 80% are frauds. You couldn't have got away with this in the 1970-80s when all of the Vietnam Vets were in their angry prime.

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