When you were growing up, especially as a woman, your parents told you to “observe your surroundings” and “always trust your gut.” Sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t, but for this NYC mom, trusting her gut may have saved her and her daughter’s lives.
In the now-viral TikTok video, a mother and TikToker tagged @dd_escapades showed her confronting and stalking a man who was allegedly following her and her daughter. In the TikTok video you can see a man who looks like he’s picking up this mother and daughter and looking around the store. Mom MaryBeth Nappa began the video by saying, “So this guy is like he’s following me in Wal-Mart while I’m with my daughter, he’s following me. I do not know him; he follows me and picks me up.”
We then cut to the same spot, but the man is gone. “Now he’s gone that he noticed I started recording him. Damn funny.” Then we see Nappa again and we’re like, “Well, I just found a worker and showed her the clip I just showed you guys and she agreed. She thought it was really weird and bloody creepy.”
She then spoke about how the manager would come and how they would try to find the guy and kick him out of the store. “I don’t know if he’s a lunatic, I don’t know if he’s on drugs or drunk or part of a human trafficking thing. But always be aware of your surroundings and record and report.”
Nappa has since uploaded several update videos, informing the public that the man was indeed a dangerous person. He’d previously been registered as a sex offender with very disturbing charges, and according to this video, he’s now been charged with fourth-degree stalking, according to People.
“If you have a gut feeling that something isn’t right, then it probably isn’t right,” she recently told WSYR-TV of the whole ordeal.
This video shows that when you feel something is wrong, you have to trust your gut: a lesson we often forget. But this mom is letting everyone know to record it, report it, and make sure you protect your kids.
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