Social media sites such as Facebook have become a common place for people to warn others of scams and dangerous tactics used to take advantage of people. Many of these warnings involve men targeting women by placing objects in a woman’s way, especially while driving, to get her to pull over and get out of her car.
For example, one warning was circulating the internet about fake $100 bills being placed under the windshields of women’s cars. A woman would get in her car, see the bill, and get out to retrieve it while someone was waiting to harm her or steal the vehicle.
“Snopes” has determined that this claim is false and not shown to be a method found in law enforcement reports of car jacking and other crime. Yet, a similar warning has recently gone viral, and it seems prudent to at least consider the warning that Ashley Hardacre posted on Facebook.
Hardacre works at Genesee Valley Mall in Flint, Michigan. After a closing shift, she walked to her car with other coworkers precisely for safety reasons.
However, it was not until she was in her car and had already locked her doors that she realized something unusual on her car windshield. A blue flannel shirt was wrapped around the windshield wiper.
One’s first instinct would be to remove the shirt, as it was partially blocking the driver’s view. Hardacre knew better, though.
She had heard warnings specifically concerning the Flint area about objects being placed in windshield wipers to distract the targeted person, usually a woman. She noticed two cars nearby, and one was running as if they were waiting for her to get out.
Hardacre turned on her windshield wipers hoping that this would move the shirt off of the car. The shirt was definitely not moving without her taking it off herself.
She drove until she found a safe place away from the suspicious cars. She rolled down her window where she was then able to grab the shirt and remove it from her windshield.
Hardacre wrote, “I don’t know why the shirt was on my car but it had to have been intentional the way it was put on there. I really can’t think of another reason as to why someone would put it on my car.”
The situation was alarming enough that Hardacre has decided that she will always have security walk her out to her car. Sergeant Brad Wangler of the Flint Township Police explained that there have been no other reported incidences of this tactic, but anyone who finds themselves in Hardacre’s place should contact the police immediately.
Though nobody knows the exact reason why the blue flannel shirt was wrapped around the windshield wiper, it was a legitimate reason for concern. Thankfully, Hardacre was not at all harmed and was willing to share her story in the hopes that others will safely handle the situation should it reoccur.
-I’m so glad she shared about this! I had NO idea!!