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The person who left a nasty note on Navy veteran Rebecca Landis Hayes’ car told her to “have some respect” and not park on a “veterans only” spot. What that person didn’t know was that Hayes is, in fact, a veteran and her husband is, too. The note left her angry, upset and tearful.

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Now, a week later, the person who left that note on Hayes’ car in a grocery store parking lot has issued an apology.

Hayes said she received the apology letter, Monday, addressed to her office. It wasn’t signed but on the back, it said “re Harris Teeter.”

The letter reads:

“To the lady whose car I left a note on —
I happened to come across your post on facebook
[sic] through a friend who shared your photo and status. I would like to apologize to you. I know its [sic] 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.
God bless.”

Hayes posted the initial note on Facebook and it went viral. She says she made it public because she hoped the person “would at least learn they had made a mistake,” she told the Charlotte Observer. “It was a message that resonated with a lot of people.”

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Hayes posted a photo of the apology note on Facebook.

She wrote that the apology was “much appreciated.”

Yolanda R. Arrington |