Saturday, December 13, 2008

Creepy Encounter

Today I ran to the grocery store to grab a couple of things that I forgot to put on my Wal-Mart list earlier this week. As I was loading my bag in the back of my car, a man approached me from behind. He surprised me suddenly and asked for some money.

After my heart started beating again, my first response was "Leave me alone!" He kept bugging me and telling me that I had no Christmas spirit. Perhaps that is true in this case, and I didn't mean to be rude, but I don't really enjoy strange men coming up to me in parking lots.

This is the third time a man has approached me while I was loading my purchases in my car this month and asked for money. Once at Wal-Mart, once at Target, and once at Albertson's today.

Call me crazy, but I think it is totally inappropriate for a man to approach a lone woman in this way. Any man that was truly in need with good intentions would not do this. Thankfully God has protected me all three times and no harm has come to me or Grace, but it has made me become a little paranoid about parking lots.

Todd was pretty upset when I got home and told him that it had happened again. He said that from now on I should call the police on my cell phone. Even if the person is harmless, it is inappropriate and should be reported.

Has anyone else had encounters like this? How did you handle it?


Mrs. Sprinkles said...

I've only been approached by women...I don't know what I would do if it were a man.

With the women, I give them some change and tell them that it is because Jesus saved me, and can save them, that it is God giving them the money, not me.

Breezy said...

When gas was $4.00 a gallon there was man driving up and down the street to all the gas stations asking for money for gas. I would see him all the time in his car driving while asking for money. I figured if he had enough gas to drive around all the time then he wasn't that bad off. If he was stranded without gas I might have helped him.

I usually can feel when God wants me to help someone. I have helped pay for visitors meals at the hospital I work at when they didn't have enough money for the total price.