Internet Raves Over Woman's 'Tip' To Confront 'Creepy Man' Following Her

A woman has been widely praised for sharing a simple "tip" online, which she says she successfully used to confront a "creepy man" following her around a grocery store.

Taking to Reddit, kinoko_noyama explained she was walking down an aisle when "out of the corner of [her] eye" she spotted a man walking behind her.

Initially thinking nothing of it, she carried on shopping, but noticed the man following her down the next aisle, and the next one.

"It was clear at that point he was following me and not shopping. He was staying at the same distance even though I sped up," she wrote.

The woman claimed she'd seen a tip on Reddit "to stare down people who are following you, because they will back off usually."

With nothing to lose she thought she'd try it out, admitting: "I always thought that was kind of silly, but I thought what the heck."

She explained what happened next, saying: "I stopped abruptly and whipped around and stared this dude down. He quickly turned around and left.

"Anyways I hope this trick helps someone else out there because it worked for me! Never knew I'd have to use it."

Her post, shared on Tuesday, has amassed more than 20,000 upvotes, and can be read here, as she added an edit clarifying the situation.

"I'm not generally a paranoid person at all. Pretty comfortable most times in public, but the vibes from this guy were really off.

"To those being unnecessarily sceptical. He was def following me. That's why I checked by walking into multiple aisles and I was going fast too.

"Also if me turning around had just scared him, his reaction wouldn't have been as weird as it was. Either way, better be safe than sorry," she added.

The tip wouldn't be applicable in every situation, nor is it official guidance, but many Redditors thanked kinoko_noyama for sharing her experience, while they revealed other methods that allegedly worked for them.

Your_moms_apron advised: "While staring, please make sure to note any specific details about their dress/appearance—tattoos, moles, scars, etc. This will help identify them later if you need."

Eatingismyvirtue added: "I'd also recommend if you still feel uncomfortable when you're leaving to ask security to walk you to your car for added protection! It's sad but you never know if these fkn weirdos will be waiting for you outside."

Fuzzygroodle revealed: "This works great! If they persist, I start barking!"

Agawl81 pointed out: "They use your engrained need to avoid making a scene against you. Make the scene. Get b*****. Get loud. Someone is going to say you are nuts? Fine. Being a nut means you're alive to be one."

Lolosunshineco commented: "I will call my husband on the phone and start talking very loudly lol."

While Beasly18 added: "This must have taken a lot of courage—I'm so impressed!! This is a great tip, glad you're safe!"

Solace Women's Aid, an organization dedicated to helping women build strong futures away from male abuse and violence, told Newsweek women should always "trust their instincts."

But it noted: "Solace don't give specific advice on how to react when approached by a perpetrator, or potential perpetrator—we do suggest that women trust their instincts and if they feel frightened or intimidated, they should ask for help or try and find a place of safety.

"We are pleased that in this instance it made the person reconsider, but every situation and every abuser is different and so we don't believe there is a 'well-known' method to dissuade followers.

"We would always encourage people to be upstanders not bystanders in these situations as it shouldn't only be down to women to notice and change their own behaviour in response."

In the U.S, there were 1,479,540 female victims of violent crimes in 2019, according to Statista. Violent crime is defined as "murder, rape, sexual assault, robbery, and assault."

The research agency said the latest figure was nearly on par with that for male victims, at 1,579,530, but added: "In a disturbing trend, however, the number of male violent crime victims in the U.S. has decreased since 2005, but the number of female victims has been increasing."

Newsweek reached out to kinoko_noyama for comment.

File photo of man in parking lot.
File photo of man in parking lot. A woman has shared a "tip" which she used to confront a man following her in a supermarket. g-stockstudio/Getty Images