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Note blasts veteran for parking in 'reserved for veterans' spot

By Ben Hooper
A North Carolina veteran said a rude note was left on his car blasting him for using a "reserved for veterans" parking space outside a store. Screenshot: WTVD-TV
A North Carolina veteran said a rude note was left on his car blasting him for using a "reserved for veterans" parking space outside a store. Screenshot: WTVD-TV

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May 11 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man who received a profane note blasting him for parking in a spot reserved for veterans has a message for the author -- he is a veteran.

Rod Boyle, 56, said he came out of the Harris Teeter store in Wake Forest's Creedmoor Village shopping center during the weekend to discover his vehicle, which was parked in a "reserved for veterans" space, had a note on the windshield.

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The note read: "You are a [expletive] moron. I hope karma visits you often. This is parking for our veterans."

Boyle said the note was shocking to him for several reasons, including the fact that he served 20 years in the U.S. Navy.

"What business is it of someone to make that assumption?" Boyle told The Raleigh News & Observer. "I am a veteran. What made you think I wasn't? You can't tell if someone is a veteran just by what they look like, or the car they drive."

Boyle said he informed the store manager.

"I just wanted them to be aware that this kind of thing has happened, to not only to me, but to any veteran," Boyle told WNCN-TV.

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He said the note initially made him angry.

"At first, I was angry [but] the more I thought about it, this was actually an opportunity to make a positive reach to the whole community," he told WTVD-TV. "I just want people to understand... Don't judge by looking at the car whether we are Army or whether we are Marines or whether we are not. Be informed."

Boyle said he has a message for the note's author.

"I really appreciate you looking out for the veterans, I think it's really honorable. But before you actually judge somebody and touch somebody's car, why don't you get your facts straight first? But other than that, I hope you had a nice day," he said.

Harris Teeter responded to the incident in a statement: "It's extremely unfortunate anyone would receive a note like this and we are certainly disappointed that it happened while this veteran was shopping in our store."

A similar note was found by a North Carolina woman when she exited a store in Concord in June 2016. Rebecca Landis Hayes, who served 8 years in the Navy, later received an apology from the note's author after her story went viral.

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