“He followed me to the front door of my office in broad daylight.”

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Time:  Morning Rush Hour (5am-9:30am)

I was sleepily walking to work on 14th Street around 8:45 in the morning before having a cup of coffee, when this man pushing a grocery cart started yelling at me from across the street: “Ma’am! Ma’am! You’re beautiful!” I ignored him, and focused my attention on getting to the office. I wasn’t awake enough to reply in any sort of snarky way.

That’s when it escalated. My lack of response clearly infuriated him and he kept yelling “Ma’am! Miss!” and ran across traffic with his grocery cart to come up to me. I started walking faster to my office building. At this point, I was afraid, hoping to beat him before he got to the front door–and to put in my pin code and have it shut before he reached me. He ran all the way up to the front door of my office, but thankfully the door locked behind me as he attempted to open the door after me. He was still aggressively yelling “you’re so beautiful! why won’t you talk to me? Do you think you’re too good for me?”

Shaken, I walked into my office on the fourth floor and looked out to see if he was still there. He continued to pace back and forth in front of my office for the next twenty minutes.

Thankfully, I have not seen him since. But the fact that he knows where I worked, and had the audacity to follow me all the way to the front door is absolutely terrifying.

Submitted 10/1/16 by “CSG”

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