The person that told local veteran Rebecca Hayes to “learn to read & have some respect” after she parked in a designated veteran’s spot has sent her an apology.
Hayes’ initial response to that letter went viral on the internet, prompting more than 500,000 views on the Observer’s website. There was no immediate way to verify that the writer of the initial note was also the author of the apology, but Hayes believes it is from the same person.
Hayes said she received the apology letter yesterday, addressed to her office. There was no signature, but on the back it said “re Harris Teeter.”
The apology said:
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“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.
This apology follows the first note left on Hayes’ car at the Coddle Creek Harris Teeter last week.
Hayes shared the original note on Facebook, which said “This parking is for Veterans, lady. Learn to read & have some respect.” Her Facebook response to this was shared over 12,000 times.
“I made it public because maybe the person who put the note on my car would at least learn they had made a mistake,” she said. “It was a message that resonated with a lot of people.”
In a new Facebook post, she said the apology was sincere and much appreciated.
“To me, this means a lot, that somebody did admit their mistake,” she said. “In today’s world people make assumptions a lot. Just to say, ‘I’m sorry,’ especially if sincere, always goes a long way.”