Two disabled veterans went shopping Tuesday at a Texas grocery store and parked in a space reserved for handicapped vehicles, which they normally do. The couple, whose vehicle sports a handicapped plate, was shocked to return and find a racist note on their car, KHOU reported.
According to Marqueena Moore and her husband, Kenneth Moore, the note read, "Just because you are black and have a nice car does not make you handicapped ;).”
“(I was) shocked,” Marquenna Moore told KHOU. “Then actually angry, because I’m like, 'The plates are right there! How do you not see?'”
While the Moores have a handicapped plate, they do not have a placard that hangs from the rearview mirror, the television station reported.
The Moores, who live in Cypress and have been married 15 years, met while stationed with the U.S. Navy in Japan, the television station reported. Kenneth Moore served for 12 years, while his wife served for eight, according to KHOU.
Both were injured during their tours of duty. Kenneth Moore suffered a brain injury, and both of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, the television station reported.
After finding the note, the Moores went back inside the store, where they said officials helped them identify who left the note, according to KHOU. Police are now investigating.
The Moores admitted they were shaken up by the incident and asked people to be sensitive to their situation.
“You may not physically see their disability,” Marqueena Moore told KHOU. "But everyone wears their scars differently. You just have to simply go back to the Golden Rule: treating people how you want to be treated.”
Kenneth Moore went on social media to reiterate the point, Newsweek reported.
"My self (sic) and my wife served this country," Kenneth Moore wrote on Facebook. "So please before you are bothered or angry about seeing a Disabled Veteran plate in a handicap spot, this is to remind people of the sacrifice we made and should be thanked, not slandered with false information."