Street Self-Defense: When the Creepers Creep
Updated: Jan 18
Scene: Downtown Austin, Texas just after midnight
Him: Can you tell me what street this is?
Me: Sure, this is Neches between 5th and 4th - is there some place you're looking for?
Him: No, I just wanted to know where I was.
He falls into step with me and we chat.
Me: OK, this is 4th, I'm turning here.
Him: Oh yeah, me too.
Me, to self: Hmmm
Scene: 4th and Red River, heading east to dimly lit portions of the eastside.
Me: OK, I'm turning here - where are u going?
Him: I can walk with you
Me: Um, no that's not necessary
Him: No, its ok, I'd like to walk with you.
Me: No, I put up a fight and so if you try anything, I'll beat the fuck out of you. So you stay here, OK?
Him: Mortified stare
Random lady on the corner: Can you walk with me to my car?