Local Perverts & Panhandlers

August 10, 2017
by Staff Reports

First, an article that’s making the rounds from just across the state line in Tennessee:

I’m angry, I’m sad, and I was very afraid. I’m sharing this because my mom thinks it could help keep someone else safe.
I always go to the grocery every Friday after school. I try to go before it gets dark. I had just finished up at Walmart. I was walking to my car, my cousin and his family drove by and parked an aisle away from me (thankfully.)
As I was putting the groceries in my van, a man walked up to me. I felt uncomfortable as soon as I saw him. He asked me if I knew the difference between a compliment and a come-on. I said yes and quickly started putting my bags in. (I have my hand-gun carry permit and I felt safer knowing I had protection.) He ‘complemented’ me on my appearance and asked me again if I knew the difference between compliments and come-ons. He told me his name and that he was from California. He told me he didn’t see many pretty red-haired, blue-eyed girls with freckles. He then touched my arm. Which made me even more uncomfortable. (I was so glad to see my cousin watching from his vehicle.) He also told me that I was a Christian and asked me to pray for him. He got right up in my face and said stuff about having some man issues. He smelled like alcohol. He said several other things and followed me around the van (as I was trying to get in.) I finally got my keys and got in. He walked away. I locked the doors. I was a nervous wreck and so thankful to be safe.
As I drove away, my cousin called me and told me to come back to the store and park next to his car because the car was following me. I had already noticed the car too.
I try to be nice to everyone I meet. That’s just my personality. It’s also what the Bible says to do! I want to believe the best about everyone, but sadly in this world I can’t.
I’m mad because I feel like I lost some independence today (as my husband says he will be shopping with me from now on.) I’m telling everyone- be safe. Watch out in parking lots- even in the middle of the afternoon. Get your hand gun permit and know how to use it. Don’t go anywhere alone.
Be on the look out for an older model white Toyota Corolla. The man that approached me was in his late 50’s. He had a red tattoo on his neck. He was thin and had a scraggly beard. There was a younger man in the car waiting for him.
I did call the police. They took my report and went to Walmart and talked to the managers, walked around the store, and checked the parking lot. They were very kind and helpful. I am thankful to be safe at home tonight. Our world is not as safe as I want it to be.

Now about panhandlers: During the past year, this writer has encountered at least four panhandlers in North Florence. I say four, but two may have been the same man since in one instance the panhandler accosted a woman who was exiting the Dollar General Store at the same time I was and I was prevented from getting a close look.

Some individuals are genuinely down on their luck, while others make a living off others. This in itself is a social worker’s problem, but in rare cases such situations can turn violent. Be prepared. Know how to use you car keys, a heavy purse, your fingernails, etc., as a weapon. If anyone attempts to drag you anywhere, lock your knees and scream bloody hell.

We’re not in Kansas anymore.

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