WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Harris Teeter spokeswoman says the company is reaching out to the Air Force veteran who found a nasty note on her car that was parked in a space reserved for former service members.
After she finished unloading her groceries last week outside one of the chain's Wilmington stores, Mary Claire Caine found the note plastered to the front window of her car.
"Maybe [you] can't read the sign you parked in front of," the note read. "This space is reserved for those who fought for America....not you. Thanks, Wounded Vet."
Caine, who served in Kuwait and on the flight line of the F-117 Nighthawk, said her heart sank.
"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.
"Harris Teeter shoppers write, call, tweet and post to us that they love these spaces, and we were disappointed to learn what occurred with Ms. Caine," Harris Teeter Spokeswoman Danna Jones wrote in a statement. "Our teams are in the process of reaching out to Ms. Caine, so we can offer her a token of our appreciation as well as thank her for her service and for shopping at Harris Teeter."
Von Hall, captain of American Boat Charters, said he would also like to do something for Caine. He is offering to take her on a free fishing trip as he's done for other veterans over the years.
Hall, an Army veteran, said he couldn't believe what happened to Cain at the grocery store and hopes the incident breaks down stereotypes about veterans.
"Veterans come in all shapes and sizes," Hall said. "We just need to respect them and honor them and show appreciation when we can."
Caine said in a statement that she appreciates people offering her gifts but asks that people consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project instead.