On Feb. 5, at 5:30 pm after work, I stopped by Safeway on Broadway in Everett. I left the store with my cart and had parked more near the south of the store, an area not well lit and not a lot of foot traffic. When I exited the store a man was standing around the corner of the exit trying to get my attention. I continued to walk toward my vehicle. I quickly knew that he was now following me. At this point a truck was pulling into the parking lot and I locked eyes with the driver hoping he would realize this might be a situation. The man approached me and was asking if he could take my cart, I thanked him and said no. He asked twice more. I said no thank you. He then started to ask for money to get to Lynnwood. I ignored this and finished putting my groceries in my car. I shut the tailgate, the man slowly started to walk away.
Then I looked down the parking lot and the man in the truck was standing in the middle of the parking lot. He had been there the whole time. He yelled over “Are you OK?” I said “Yes, thank you!”
I want to acknowledge this man, so the community realizes that we all need to watch out for each other and to say “Thank you, awesome gentleman!” He stayed and watched the situation until he knew everything was “OK.”
Thank you again, “Man with the red baseball cap!!”
Sue Lindberg Perry