Can’t Even Get Coffee In Peace: “I was violated by a public masturbator at the Dupont Starbucks.”

Location: Starbucks at Dupont Unit and Connecticut NW
Time:  Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was sitting in the upstairs of Starbucks when a man came in who had verbally harassed and followed me before. He waited for a seat next to me to open and then he sat down, pulled the chair closer to be directly facing me and stared at me. He had previously been extremely aggressive so I avoided eye contact at first, thinking he was just being creepy and not wanting to give him the opportunity to follow me out to the street as he had previously. After 20 minutes, I finally looked over to see that he was masterbating under a newspaper. In the seconds it took me to react, he wiped his hand on the seat and rushed out. I contacted he manager and police, but they said they couldn’t do anything unless he came back and I identified him.

Indecent exposure at the Starbucks in DC's Dupont Circle
Indecent exposure at the Starbucks in DC’s Dupont Circle

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 6/13/13 by Anonymous


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2 Responses

  1. Julia
    | Reply

    Ugh, I’m sorry he did that to you and I hope that the staff keeps a close eye out for that guy.

  2. jenster8dc
    | Reply

    Ugh, god. I am so sorry this happened to you. I will never understand what drives some men to do this. Can you give us a description of the guy so we can be on the lookout for him? Sounds like your experience probably wasn’t a one-time deal for him.

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