Attention all misogynists: Women can be veterans, too. The following story is just another lesson as to why you should never make generalizations:
On Monday, when Rebecca Landis Hayes decided to park in a veterans-only parking spot at Coddle Creek Harris Teeter in Concord, North Carolina, she returned to her car to find a very nasty note.
The note stated,
This parking is for Veterans, lady. Learn to read and have some respect.
But there's just one thing: Landis is a veteran. She served eight years in the US Navy. She had every right to park in that spot.
Talk about a very sexist, epic fail.
Landis responded to this incident with a perfectly worded post on Facebook.
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 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?
Indeed, someone probably should've informed the person who left that note that there are over 2 million female veterans all over the US. They are just as deserving of respect and recognition as their fellow male veterans.
Since Landis posted about this incident on Facebook, she's received an outpouring of support. She responded to all of the love with another post later on in the day:
Well said: "There is no ONE Veteran type."
According to WCNC, Harris Teeter also reached out to Landis to apologize for what happened.
This just goes to show that we should check the facts before we act on impulsive assumptions. Moreover, it stands as a strong reminder that women are capable of anything.
If sexism didn't stand in their way, we'd live in a far better society.