“Do You Know This Man?”: Bystander Who Intervened

Location: Ben’s Chili Bowl, Washington, DC
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I had just ordered my food, and I was walking with my toddler to sit down at a table. A man came extremely close to me as though he was going to touch me saying “Come here,” and “What’s your name?” I responded, “I am having dinner with my toddler. Please leave me alone.” and tried to rush past him. A staffer came over and asked me, “Do you know this man?” When I replied “not at all,” he physically stepped between us, said something calmly and quietly to the man who was harassing me, and he escorted the man out. I’m shaken up by the experience, but so grateful for the bystander who intervened.

Submitted 10/22/15 by “JR”

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