May 3, 2009

Encounter With a Creep

One thing I like to do is walk. I usually go for a walk early in the morning, at like 6, when the air is still crisp and the streets are relatively empty. I mostly circle around the neighborhood. I've done it for the past three years I think and today for the very first time, I've had an incident with a creep.

I was walking like usual, with one of my iPod headphones in my left ear, so I can still hear any approaching cars or so. I am always aware of my surroundings. I noticed that there was a man walking behind me but didn't think much of it. He was medium built, wearing black pants with a black jacket, clicking away on his mobile. At some point I notice that he's walking exactly behind me, as in two steps away, so I thought it be best to just turn around, go in the other direction and let him go past me, what I usually do in such situations. So I turn around, but the bastard turns right with me. Staring at him I watch him put his phone right in front of my face. I realized at that point that he's been following me, presumably shooting a video or photos. Why else would he stick the mobile in my face. I flipped out. Screaming at him, I snag the mobile out of his hand but he manages to take it back and starts running. I start running behind him and chase him down for half a street but then he takes a turn, so I decide to turn around so I'd catch him from the other side, but he had disappeared. I'm thinking he hid in one of the garages of the apartment buildings in that area.

Why the hell was he photographing me is beyond me. I was wearing black, baggy sweat pants and my older brother's over-sized hoodie. Other than the pony tail, I swear I looked like a teenage boy.

A man driving in his car saw what happened and asked what's the matter and said he would drive around and see if he can find him. I kept walking around in the area hoping I'd run into him. I'm not sure what would have happened if I had caught up with him. I wish I had snatched his mobile so I'd be able to find out who he is. I don't think I've ever gotten this angry in my entire life. I wanted to beat the shit out of him so bad. I think he was surprised when he saw that I was chasing him. He wasn't expecting that.

But all is well. The whole thing is just a tiny incident, and other than a cut in my finger (I think from when he snatched the mobile back), nothing happened. I'm gonna keep taking my morning walks as usual. I hope I run into him again, though.

This is just to say to all you ladies out there to be careful. Be aware of your surroundings. And fight back. Creeps do exist.

9 comments:

Tha2ir said...

7amdella 3a salame, but be careful. Amman is not a safe place as it used to be. And there are a lot of stalkers out there, I don't think he'll repeat that again, but one must take caution.

Ahmad Hamdan said...

7amdellah 3al salmeh, its a sad thing that this happens in Amman which i always see as a safe place but what can we say creeps exist everywhere, by the way did you go to the police?

Saed said...

Glad you're okay Farah.

I agree with Tha2ir, Amman isn't like it used to be. What the hell is wrong with people.

I'm glad you're okay.

mab3oos said...

I am glad you're OK, but don't think it was wise to run after him. He could have been armed or planning on something.
may be you should carry mace with you next time.

Jad said...

This is bad, really bad!

asoom said...

aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh what a FREAK!!!!!

I agree with mab3oos, start carrying something with u like some pepper spray.

Ali said...

Damn that sucks and Im sure it ruined your day. I realy suggest you start walking in Hussien posrt city, they have a great walking area in the main forest that has people as early as 5am. I go there sometimes and there are no cars or freakes to worry about and no pollution.

Farah said...

Thanks everybody for the comments. I agree, Amman isn't as safe as it used to be.

Mab3oos,now that I think of it, it probably wasn't the wisest thing to do. I'll probably get a taser or something.

Ahmad, no I didn't. There wasn't much information I would be able to give them so it kinda seemed pointless at the time...

Yameen said...

Same happened with me, excpet I wish he was taking photos, he was really sick! And since that incident I always keep my eyes open and try to look tough lol