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A female Navy veteran called out a stranger who rushed to judgment by assuming she could not use a parking space reserved for veterans.

Rebecca Hayes noticed a harsh note on her windshield after pulling away from the local supermarket. She expected it to say that someone had hit her car, but instead it read: "This parking is for Veterans, lady. Learn to read and have some respect."

Hayes, who served in the Navy for eight years, told WBTV that reading the note made her break down in tears.

She issued her "apology" to the stranger on Facebook:

“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 ended her post with a question for the person who left the note: “I served, did you?”

Hayes said she believes the note was left because her appearance didn't fit the stereotype of a veteran.

“Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, genders and colors," she said.


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