A 23-year-old woman from Australia set out on a hike one day, which was one of her favorite pastimes. However, little did she know that after this particular hike, she would be facing an unsettling encounter with a stranger which would put fear in her eyes.
Finishing a Hike
The hiker had just completed the trail, and the sun was nearly setting. It was rapidly becoming dark and the weather was beginning to turn stormy, yet the hiker suddenly noticed another woman walking toward her.
The hiker was perplexed. “It was strange to see her heading toward the trail in these conditions”, she wrote. “My ‘weird’ radar was going off already.”
The strange woman approached the hiker, standing uncomfortably close, and without any customary greeting, pointed towards the hiker’s car, asking if it was hers. There were no other vehicles around, and the trail was far from civilization, making it seem improbable that the other woman had reached this spot without a vehicle.
The Car Inquiry
“I let her know that, yes, it was my car, to which she responded something like ‘Perfect, there’s a storm coming, I can’t be caught in it and I need to get home’”, the hiker wrote. She began walking toward the hiker’s locked car, prompting the hiker to follow her.
The hiker cautiously asked the woman why she was out there in the first place, while also expressing her concern about giving a stranger a ride. However, there was no response – it was as if the other woman could not hear her. When the woman reached the hiker’s car and found it locked, her demeanor shifted from determination to frustration and anger.
A Barrier Forms
The strange woman repeated her need to get home before the storm. The hiker felt bewildered and uneasy. The stranger had now positioned herself as a barrier between the hiker and her car. Fearing for her safety, the hiker expressed her discomfort and declined to give her a ride.
An Ominous Silence
The hiker’s refusal seemed to momentarily stun the woman. She stared at the hiker for a few moments, until the anger abruptly vanished from her face, and she fell silent.
A Strange Turn of Events
The woman’s response was unsettling; “She starts walking towards me (scary), but then right past me”, explained the hiker. “I’m still asking her questions… no response. She walked to the other end of the rest stop and maintained eye contact with me as she sat down on a log, just staring”.
A Hasty Departure
Fearing the unpredictability of the situation, the hiker chose not to follow the woman. She hurriedly got into her car, still shaken, and drove away. Once she regained cell phone reception, she kindly called fire and rescue, who assured her they would send someone to investigate.
Reflecting on the Encounter
After she had gotten over the fear of the events, the hiker had an opportunity to reflect. She suspected that the woman she had encountered wasn’t well, and wondered if she should have given her a lift. However, she had ultimately felt unsafe and threatened by the woman and therefore felt that her decision was justified.
Asking Her Community
The woman decided to share her story with an online community, hoping to get some fresh perspective on the events that unfolded. Thankfully, her readers sympathized with her. “I wouldn’t have taken her either”, stated one reader. “It’s not like you left her there to die, you called the authorities so that they could go and take her home.”
She Did the Right Thing
Everyone agreed that the woman handled the situation perfectly. “You did the right thing”, another reader proclaimed. “What a scary situation. Calling fire and rescue was a much better option than having this woman in your car.”
A Reasonable Judgement
Many people agreed that the woman might not have been mentally well, yet they still thought that not letting her in the car was a good call. “Sure, she might have been innocent, but given how she acted, she also might not have been!”, speculated another commenter. “Sounds like you made a reasonable judgment, and you called for help for her afterward. Good on you.”
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