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Yesterday something particularly scary happened to me in Montreal and I want to share in hopes that you keep yourself aware while out and about. This happened at approx 5:30pm yesterday- broad daylight.
I was walking to the doctor and was on the phone with my sister the entire time. While crossing the street at an intersection, a man passed by me walking the opposite way and stopped beside me and turned to look at me while I passed him, which was creepy but I thought nothing of it. As you ladies know, there always creepers in the streets which over the years, you become desensitized to. They say something or holler, which you just ignore or keep moving. Although this was different. 5 blocks, and roughly 5-8 minutes later I stopped to turn into the doctors office and was slammed from behind from a person walking into me at full speed. I turned around and was shocked to see it was the same creep who was crossing the street. He had literally turned around after passing me and followed me CLOSELY for 5 long street blocks and I didn’t notice because I was on the phone. So CLOSELY that as soon as I stopped he plowed into the back of me. Startled, I ran into the building and went to run up the stairs. At the same time, there was an older woman who was also trying to enter the building. The man, blocked her from entering and began running up the stairs and yelling something after me. I think I yelped or screamed or held my hands out as I ran into the office where I immediately starting balling and he never entered. The women who run the office almost called 911 as this man was obviously a threat to them as well if he was ballsy enough to cut off an old lady and enter the building. They went out after him and he had already gone. The thing was, we didn’t know if he was out there once I was done. I had to get walked out of the office and called my sister and talked the entire way home. The whole way home I was a paranoid mess turning around thinking that every man I passed was following me. THIS IS NOT A GOOD FEELING.
I know some of you are probably thinking what were you wearing? Were you dressed “appropriate”? First of all, I was going to the doctor. The outfit in question was: wool long johns with jeans over top, huge winter jacket scarf, hat, mitts. Even if I was dressed insane (which is more than likely, as fashion is a passion of mine) I should never be afraid in my own city, in RUSH HOUR to be walking down the street! This is the first and only time I have felt unsafe in Montreal, but it has definitely opened my eyes, and made me realize that no matter how safe you feel, you always need to be aware of your surroundings.
Pay ATTENTION my beautiful and precious ladies!!!!!!
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