8:10 pm, February 1st, 2013
SARAH FERGUSON | QMI AGENCY
WELLAND, Ont. -- After having coffee at a doughnut shop, Ken Hallett walked outside to his Toyota-made Lexus to head for home.
His daily routine of stopping at the Welland, Ont., coffee shop went from being pleasant to hurtful when he saw a typed note left on the windshield of his car.
The 85-year-old Korean War Veteran told was shocked by the letter that branded him a "traitor" for driving a foreign car. The letter suggested to Hallett that buying foreign cars and "screwing on a veteran plate is a slap in the face" for the men and women who have served for Canada.
"This is hate literature. We (as veterans) fought for our right to freedom and for freedom of speech," Hallet said.
Those rights include proudly displaying veteran status on any car a person chooses to drive.
The veteran said he didn't know who would prepare such a letter nor does he understand why someone would write it.
At least one other veteran in the Welland area has also been tagged.
Hallet pointed out Toyota has manufacturing plants in Canada.
"The public should know what's going on, and whoever is doing it (writing these letters) should have second thoughts about what they are writing," Hallett said.
Niagara Regional Police Const. Derek Watson, referring to the note placed on Hallett's windshield, said, "From a police perspective there is no offence."
However, the NRP spokesman said, "If the recipient feels they are being continuously targeted and are feeling harassed they are encouraged to call the police."