I don’t get that at all.
Memorial Day weekend I stopped at a gas station to get pack of smokes and a six pack when I saw a service member pull up. Someone paid for his gas and then paid for the snack and bottle of water he got. A couple people invited him over to their cookouts.
This was just random dude in a uniform at a gas station in between a couple cornfields. I don’t have the horse power to understand the mental processes that would cause someone to act that way towards someone in uniform.
I’d bet a paycheck that the overwhelming majority of people who aren’t married to an active service member or living near a post wouldn’t be able to tell you whether someone’s uniform is legit or not.
At least that sailor didn’t hit her back.