I live in New Jersey which has lots of benefits over NYC. One being that everything by default is cheaper. Groceries. Rent. Home goods. Taxes: it’s all cheaper. I also like the convenience of pretty much always having a place to park.
And while parking in NYC is a daunting/infuriating and oftentimes expensive endeavor, because there’s so little space to park, people have become absolute professionals at it.
Sadly, in New Jersey this isn’t the case. Aside from the more congested cities like Hoboken, parts of Newark, and Montclair, there are sprawling parking lots. Which leads to people parking like total a**holes. Which leads to people leaving notes on cars.
The problem is, sometimes people are overzealous about shaming parking jerks, like this guy.
He had assumed that the woman who had parked in a veteran’s only space wasn’t a veteran, presumably because she was a woman.
Which was a big mistake, because the owner of the car, Rebecca Handis Layes was a veteran. And put the assuming-Adam on blast in a vicious open letter.
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?
People were applauding Hayes’ sassy response and standing up for female veterans everywhere.
So think before you put a note on someone’s car for parking like an a**hole.
Unless they’re parked over the lines. That sh*t is inexcusable.