She Refused To Give Up Her Parking Spot For A Veteran, But She Was Pregnant And Said “I Got There First”

A 22-year-old woman refused to give up her parking spot to a veteran because she was pregnant with twins. But now people are calling her rude. Should she have given him the spot?

She Was Pregnant

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The woman said, ‘At my local grocery store, there are parking spots designated for pregnant/new moms and veterans.’

It Was Twins!

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The woman was 32 weeks pregnant with twins. With two months to go until the birth, she was very uncomfortable and was grateful when she found an empty parking spot for pregnant women and veterans at her local grocery store.

He Was a Veteran

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But when she pulled into the spot and got out, another car pulled up and asked her to move. He said he was a veteran and needed the space. The woman pointed out that it was a spot for pregnant women and veterans, and she needed the space.

She Refused

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The man, who looked roughly 40 years old, tried to convince the woman to move to the other empty spots in the lot, but she refused. She got there first! The woman told him to go somewhere else since she was already parked up and out of her car. The man was furious.

But He Fought for His Country

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The woman walked away, heading for the grocery store when a stranger called her ‘rude.’ He had overheard her conflict with the veteran and said she was in the wrong. The veteran had fought for his country, and she was being disrespectful.

Her Mom Was on His Side

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She called her mom on the way home to tell her what happened, and she was surprised by her response. The woman’s mother was on the veteran’s side! She claimed that her daughter could have easily moved. The woman didn’t think that was fair, especially as the veteran seemed perfectly capable of walking, and she was carrying twins.

He Wasn’t Disabled

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The woman said, ‘He didn’t have a handicap sticker and didn’t say anything about a disability or impairment.’

Was She in the Wrong?

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She’d seen him walk to the store, so she guessed he didn’t have a disability. But maybe she should have moved, just in case. After all, not all disabilities are visible. But the spot was also for pregnant women! She started to feel bad and asked the internet whether she was in the wrong.

The Internet Responded

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One person said, ‘All respect to vets, but you are currently 7 months pregnant with TWINS, likely with swollen ankles and back pain.’

One reader was angry, ‘This was nothing but a power trip from the veteran – since when does your old job mean you need a parking space more than a pregnant woman?!’

Others Chimed in

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Another commented, ‘Coming from a vet, it’s first come, first served.’

A UK reader was confused, ‘I get that people who join the army are potentially sacrificing themselves, but I think Americans take their ‘respect’ for them a little far. I was at Sea World in San Diego and before the orca show they made the veterans stand up and the audience clapped them all… so random and weird.’

There Were Lots of Comments

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Others replied, ‘If he needed a closer parking space, he could get his injuries documented and get a placard.’

A Final Thought

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A final word, ‘Asking you to get back into your car and repark elsewhere is incredibly rude and unreasonable.’

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