Am I the only one noticing an increase of warnings on Facebook, along the lines of “I SAW A CREEPY PERSON AND I’M POSITIVE HE/SHE WAS TRYING TO HURT ME” ?
Maybe it’s just a coincidence. Or maybe the alarmist stories have been around a long time, and I’m just now paying attention.
Here’s an example from 2015:
And from 2016:
And one posted three days ago:
And let’s not forget the bad guys giving away free samples at Walmart, or the bad guys drugging people at Dillard’s, or the bad guys taking kids out of theme parks, or the bad guy pulling people into white vans, or the bad guys posing as plumbers, or the bad guys posing at teen-employers...
Also, don’t accept candy.
And don’t accept business cards.
And even if someone SAYS they’re a kidnapper, you should still be suspicious.
In other words, trust no one. Then, when you have your own harrowing story of life-or-death (and you will!), make sure you share it with the world.
This was the near-miss I posted about today.
Now that I’m thinking about this, perhaps all of us should be especially distrustful of someone who worries about everything?
I mean, even if there isn’t a “bad guy” in the store–what if there’s a jumpy person nearby who thinks I’M the bad guy?
Women should carry pepper spray and handbags filled with rocks just in case.
If the stranger next to you spends too much time reading scary warnings on social media…and if you try to hand her a piece of gum or a business card…well, you see where I’m going with this.
You can’t be too careful!
Also–beware of a new scam. Psych professionals are diagnosing people with something called “paranoid personality disorder.”
Don’t fall for it.