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
Anna is a 23-year-old avid hiker in Australia.
An Unexpected Encounter
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
The circumstances were unusual as the sunset and the weather turned ominous.
She Was Concerned for Her Safety
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
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?
Without any pleasantries, she inquired whether it was Anna’s car.
It Was Odd
Anna glanced over and noticed something amiss—no other cars were in sight.
It Was Very Isolated
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
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
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
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
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
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
Frustrated, Anna realized she needed to express her discomfort more directly.
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
In response, the woman glared at Anna in anger.
She Offered Suggestions
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
The woman began walking again, this time towards Anna, but then passed by without acknowledging her.
She Ignored Further Attempts at Communication
Anna continued speaking to her, uttering phrases like “hello” and “excuse me,” but received no response.
She Stared Her Out
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
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
As soon as she regained phone reception, she contacted the fire and rescue services, explaining the situation.
Help Was on the Way
They assured her that help would be sent.
She Felt Bad
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.
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
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
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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