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”.
So I briefly spoke to someone on the train last week, we didn’t even exchange socials or anything and today he messaged me😭
Am I overreacting by being creeped out because what on earth 🙆🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/SCVdZjHsg1
— Nakia’s Twin (@Lyndahx) January 13, 2019
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.
Make sure your curtains are closed sis! And have your security on lock 🤣
I have a feeling he didn’t get the number from a friend… pic.twitter.com/oCC6RwpG5x
— Safiyah (@safiyahtasneem) January 14, 2019
— Allie Dixon (@dixon2289) January 14, 2019
Others simply called the man out on his bizarre behaviour, with some suggesting the girl should go to the police.
who the fuck talks like this and thinks he’s a normal human.
— Michael Beveridge (@mickyb273) January 14, 2019
Nah that’s creepy AF
— Tanya DePass 💖💜💙 @ Home (@cypheroftyr) January 14, 2019
I just thought there had to be a bit more for me to say it’s stalking and go to the police😭
— Nakia’s Twin (@Lyndahx) January 14, 2019
Absolutely tell the police. 1) They may already have stuff on the guy. 2) They may have more safety tips. 3) your home might be included in patrols. 4) it creates a history in case more stuff happens. 5) there might be an actual crime in here that would get their attention.
— Paul Knox (@paulgknox) January 14, 2019
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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