Man uses 'stalkerish' tactics to find a woman's number, gets compared to Netflix 'You' character

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
A man has been called out for his ‘stalkerish’ behaviour. [Photo: Getty]

A man who tracked down a woman he met on a train has been compared to an infamous stalker character in Netflix show, ‘You’.

Lynda, 20, a student from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, met the man – whose name is believed to be Josh – on a train last week.

He later managed to obtain her phone number, apparently through finding her on Instagram and then contacting her friends.

Lynda shared the pair’s text exchange on Twitter, asking the internet whether she was “overreacting by being creeped out”.

The post went viral on the internet and at present has received over 83,283 likes and 14,750 retweets.

People on Twitter are comparing Josh to Joe Goldberg, a character in popular Netflix show ‘You’, who stalks a girl he meets in a book shop, using her social media accounts to initially track her down.

Others simply called the man out on his bizarre behaviour, with some suggesting the girl should go to the police.

Sexual harassment on public transport is a very real threat to both men and women, whether it takes place during the journey itself or – as in this exceptional case – some time afterwards.

Late last year, a woman shared how she was verbally harassed and then followed by a man on the tube.

However, in a more positive step for women’s safety, upskirting – the practice of taking pictures up a woman’s skirt without their consent in a public place – has today been made a criminal offence.

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