Hiker’s Terrifying Ordeal: She Refused to Help a Woman Who Emerged From the Wilderness, Despite Approaching Storm. Was She Being Used as Bait?

In a recent viral Reddit post, a user found herself perplexed while coming off a walking trail. Fearing for her own safety, she refused to assist another woman.

She Is a Hiker


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Anna is a 23-year-old avid hiker in Australia.

An Unexpected Encounter

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As Anna emerged from a bush after a long trail walk, she encountered a middle-aged woman, around 50 years old, walking in her direction.

There Was a Storm Coming

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The circumstances were unusual as the sunset and the weather turned ominous. 

She Was Concerned for Her Safety

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The trail Anna had just traversed was not easy, and the woman did not appear particularly athletic. Anna was concerned for her safety.

The Woman Pointed at Her Car

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Things took a turn when the woman approached Anna, standing uncomfortably close, and immediately gestured toward the clearing where Anna’s car was parked.

Is That Your Car?

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Without any pleasantries, she inquired whether it was Anna’s car.

It Was Odd

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Anna glanced over and noticed something amiss—no other cars were in sight.

It Was Very Isolated

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The location was not within walking distance of any city; it was one of those isolated highway rest stops designed for hikers with only a few parking spots.

The Woman Had Made Her Decision

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It seemed improbable that the woman had arrived there without driving. Anna confirmed that it was her car, to which the woman responded straightforwardly, “Perfect, there’s a storm coming. I can’t be caught in it, and I need to get home.”

She Was Determined and Didn’t Wait for an Answer

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The woman appeared resolute as if she had already decided what would happen.

Without waiting for Anna’s response, she began walking towards the car.

She Was Shocked

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Anna was taken aback by it, but thankfully, Anna always locks her doors, as the woman would have entered the passenger seat without hesitation had the door been unlocked.

It’s Not a Good Idea

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Concerned for the woman’s well-being, Anna followed her and attempted to explain why it might not be a good idea to hitch a ride.

She Expressed Her Concerns

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She questioned why the woman was in that remote area in the first place. However, the woman did not care about what Anna said and continued walking towards the car.

She Had Enough

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Frustrated, Anna realized she needed to express her discomfort more directly.

Stranger Danger!

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She gathered the courage to say, “I’m sorry, but I don’t feel comfortable having a stranger in my car.”

The Woman Was Angry

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In response, the woman glared at Anna in anger.

She Offered Suggestions


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Anna found herself deeply unsettled by the situation. She attempted to offer alternative help, suggesting she could call someone or find another way to help.

The Woman Went Silent

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The woman began walking again, this time towards Anna, but then passed by without acknowledging her.

She Ignored Further Attempts at Communication

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Anna continued speaking to her, uttering phrases like “hello” and “excuse me,” but received no response.

She Stared Her Out

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The woman proceeded to the other end of the rest stop, maintaining unwavering eye contact with Anna as she sat down on a log.

She Felt Uneasy

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Anna decided not to follow the woman, feeling a sense of unease. Surprised by the encounter, she quickly retreated to her car and drove away.

She Called for Help

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As soon as she regained phone reception, she contacted the fire and rescue services, explaining the situation.

Help Was on the Way

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They assured her that help would be sent.

She Felt Bad


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At that moment, Anna experienced fear for her own safety, but she questioned herself, wondering if she was in the wrong for refusing to provide the stranger with a ride or shelter.

Safety First

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She took to Reddit to ask whether she was in the wrong and more than three thousand comments came in saying that she was not wrong.

Women Are Often Used as Bait

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One Reddit user wrote, “In my country, women are sometimes the “bait” for traps like this; someone could have been hiding and waiting for you to open your car so they can steal it. Also you called services to pick her up. I think you went above and beyond.”

You Got Her the Help She Needed

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Another Redditor commented, “If you had driven off without calling fire rescue you would have been, but you did what you could to keep both of you safe.”

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