I was at Westfield pretty late writing my thesis paper ~23:00, and after I got up to leave, I noticed the only other guy in the area leave as well. Typically I'm the only left because I stay back past dinner and had thought he would naturally just leave when all the restaurants closed (Westfield closed at midnight, and all shops were closed.) I got some creepy vibes from him so I walked some loops from L3 to L1 and he was still following me. I went to the bathroom spent about 20mins there and called an uber (normally I walk home because it's pretty safe at night). When I came out, I thought he had left but he was sitting on a bench obscured by the elevators ahead. I walked past him as discreetly as possible, towards the parking lot but he got up and followed me too. So I went back round to the supermarket, the only place I knew would still be open and walked around aimlessly until I saw a couple walk in for some late-night grocery shopping. I was afraid to inconvenience them but ended up asking if they could accompany me whilst I waited. I explained I'd been followed and didn't feel safe, and if they could walk with me to the car park where my uber would arrive. They agreed, and once it came, I thanked them and yeeted out of there.
If I had walked home alone maybe something bad could have happened to me, maybe not. All I know, is that I didn't feel safe. I don't know who needs to hear this but don't let politeness or fear of inconveniencing someone - it could be stranger, adult, or friend, to stop you from seeking help.
Edit: So glad that this can be useful to some of you. Westfield is a chain of shopping centres in the UK & AU.
Edit 2: I completely panicked in the moment and didn’t know what to do, and needed somewhere to stop and use my phone. I realise that the bathroom probably wasn’t the best space! Many of you have also recommended to read Gavin de Becker’s “Gift of Fear” about survival signals and keeping yourself safe.
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