WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) When Mary Claire Caine walked outside after finishing her routine grocery trip to Harris Teeter Friday, she couldn’t believe what she found plastered to the front window of her car.
As a veteran of the Air Force who served in Kuwait and on the flight line of the F-117 Nighthawk, Caine felt proud to park in the reserved “Veteran Parking” spaces at the grocery store chain when she did her shopping. Her two kids were always excited whenever one of the spots was open, and no one had ever questioned her qualification for it.
Just as she finished unloading the groceries from her cart, she noticed a note taped to the passenger window, written in Sharpie.
It read, “Maybe you can’t read the sign you parked in front of. This space is reserved for those who fought for America….not you. Thanks, Wounded Vet.”
Caine’s heart sank.
“The first thing I felt was confusion that there was a mistake, and that I had to talk to this person and ask them why they were so quick to assume I wasn’t a veteran and that I was taking privileges that didn’t belong to me,” said Caine about the hurt she felt as she peeled the note off the window, tempted to crumple it up and throw it in the trash.
“For a split second I thought, ‘Am I a worthy enough veteran to park in this spot?’ And, then I got very angry at myself for even considering that,” Caine recalled.
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