“It Was Someone’s Hand Grabbing Under My Butt”: Harassment At Giant

Location:  Giant,1400 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Time:  Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)

I was pushing my cart down the grocery aisle when I heard someone coming up behind me quickly. I moved over to the right to let them pass. Soon I noticed something was touching my butt, and I assumed it was just a cart or someone accidentally bumped into me. However, it didn’t take long to realize it was someone’s hand grabbing under my butt. I turned and yelled at him, and he took off running the other direction. I turned to look if anyone else in the aisle had taken notice, but they were all focused on their shopping. I stood there stunned and uncertain about what to do next.

I was only halfway through shopping, so I continued along. The longer I continued to shop, the more concerned I was when I heard someone coming up behind me. I was afraid it was going to be him again. I caught myself watching my back, but then I was concerned I looked suspicious, and someone would think I was trying to steal something. I hadn’t caught a good look at his face, and kept thinking he could be anywhere and could do it again, and I wouldn’t be able to identify him.

I am furious that someone did this to me, I was furious there wasn’t anything I could do about it, and I am even more furious that this guy got away with it and could be doing it to other people or even escalate his harassment.

Submitted 1/28/16 by “B.T.”

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