I don’t know what was more disturbing, the fact that I never noticed the note in my windshield wiper, or the content of the note itself.
The fact that I hadn’t noticed it was disturbing because it was most likely put in their on Saturday, a day in which I had made several stops running errands. Based on the “er” on the left of the note my guess is that the paper used came from Meijer, but for it to happen at that location also made no sense.
I was at work on Monday and one of the attorneys in our office came in and said “Grace, you have a nasty note on your car, a really nasty note.”
I could not understand why anyone would leave me a note, and my first assumption was that it had been put there while I was in the office. The attorney had noticed it tucked under my windshield wiper blade, and the paper was a bit stiff and yellowed, as if it had been baking in the sun.
When I read the note I realized it had to have happened when I was running errands on Saturday, because early Saturday it had rained and the note showed no sign of having gotten wet. I knew I had not bumped anyone’s car with mine, not even a door, so I was baffled at the note. However, my instincts told me that, based on the wording, it was possible whoever wrote it may have done something to my vehicle in retaliation. I walked outside and checked my car out all the way around — no damage, so that was a relief.
My mind then went through my day, trying to figure out the location. Even though I was guessing at Meijer based on the red “er,” I still wanted to figure out where I may have been parked close enough to warrant such a note.
- First stop, farmer’s market — parked in a muddy dirt lot, I was the end vehicle and a wide walking path between me and the vehicle next to me. Definitely not there.
- Second stop, Kohl’s. I parked in a normal spot, but my vehicle was dead center on my spot and so were the cars on either side of me. I don’t think that was a logical location.
- Third stop was a pool supply store, very small and there were only two vehicles in the entire parking lot with plenty of space between. Definitely not there.
- Fourth stop was Sam’s Club. I parked next to the cart corral, and because the car on my driver side was over the yellow line, I had to park extremely close to the cart corral and was closely watching my mirrors so they didn’t catch on the rack. If the guy next to my driver’s side wrote the note, then he should have addressed it to himself for hogging part of my spot.
- Fifth stop was Meijer. This was the only location where I used my handicap plate and parked in a designated spot, which means there was ample room around both sides of my vehicle. The note appears to be on Meijer paper, but I could not have touched another vehicle, so again baffled by the message.
After all this analyzing there are two conclusions.
- If the damage to the writer’s vehicle was so bad it warranted the above note, why didn’t they contact the security of the store, or even contact the police?
- If their vehicle really was damaged in the parking lot, it is possible that another vehicle was parked beside them, damaged their car as they were leaving, and then I pulled in, parked beside them and got blamed for someone else’s actions.
The bottom line is I will never know the answer to who wrote the note and where it occurred. Based on the wording I will say I am glad that I did not arrive at my vehicle as they were writing the note as it may have been a hostile encounter. On the other hand, at least I would know when and where the note was left. The mystery of the note in my windshield wiper will never be solved.