I Had A Moment of Paranoia in a Parking Lot Yesterday [OPINION]
Nothing happened, and it was probably just two guys, just sitting in a car. But it's made me more aware of my surroundings.
There have been a LOT of stories about women being followed, accosted, and worse in the last year in and around Flint. There are at least 4 women missing, and Michigan has been ranked #2 in the nation for human trafficking. Call me crazy, but this doesn't sound like a coincidence.
I've lived in a not-so-great neighborhood on the south side of Milwaukee, downtown in Seattle where I used to walk home from work at night, and in an apartment complex near Appleton, WI where drugs were being dealt. I've never felt in danger, and I haven't felt it since I moved here to Flint.
But I definitely felt paranoid yesterday.
I was in the parking lot of a grocery store, not far from the radio station. I had put some groceries in my car, and noticed that there were two guys sitting in a car across from me. I had to run back into the store and didn't come back out for maybe another 10 minutes.
While I was walking to my car, I was multi-tasking - answering a work email on my phone, clearly not paying much attention. I'll admit it; we've all done it. When I got to my car and started to get in, I noticed that the two guys were STILL sitting in the car across from me. When I got in my car, one of them started to get out. Still didn't think much of it, threw it in reverse and drove away...noticing that the guy got back in the car after I had left.
They didn't follow me.
As I was driving home, I was reminded of the many stories I've read on social media about women being followed in store parking lots and malls in our area, and it got me to wondering...was that what was happening? Or was it just two guys, sitting in their car?
Nothing happened, and I'm not a paranoid person...usually. It got me to thinking, am I just paranoid because of all the stuff I've read? Am I making this a bigger deal than it's supposed to be?
Again, I still doubt that something could've happened, or was about to happen. But you never know, and I'll definitely be more aware of my surroundings. It never hurts to be aware.