A woman living alone has detailed the extreme measures she uses to keep herself safe at home after a “creepy” encounter with a delivery driver.
The woman, from Canada, shared a picture of her front door with the glass window covered up with what appeared to be black cardboard, taped around the edges, and bells hanging off the knob.
It’s the disturbing reality of living alone as a woman.
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She said the delivery man had rocked up at her doorstep empty-handed, a week after she had rejected him.
The driver had wanted to try again to ask her out on a date, after he noticed she was home.
“He saw my lights on and car in the laneway (as an invitation) to be pushy and repeatedly ask me out,” she said in a Reddit thread.
“It’s the invasion of privacy that freaked me out.”
The single woman said the encounter started when the delivery driver dropped off a package at her home the first time – before he proceeded to ask her out.
Despite her “declining nicely”, the stranger showed up outside her home a week later – without a parcel – to “repeatedly” ask if she was keen to go on a date with him.
‘Hate living alone’
Feeling uneasy, the woman said she sprang into action to ensure she was safe, by covering up her window and placing a bell on her doorknob in case of a break-in.
“Two creepy encounters with a male delivery driver leads to this,” she said.
“I hate living alone as a woman.”
She has since replaced the cardboard with a stained-glass window film and has installed a camera.
“I’ve since gotten better supplies and feel much safer,” she said.
The woman says she will now redirect all her packages to a friend’s address.
She also reported the man in question with the delivery service.
The post has been met with more than 6,300 comments – with many women sharing their own experiences after having to deal with sleazy delivery drivers and postal workers.
“My go-to is ‘Hang on babe, food’s here’ or ‘Honey did you order something from my account?’ over my shoulder to no one. Basically address it as if someone else is present,” one woman said.
Another revealed: “My wife’s grandma opened the door one day to a guy asking for a cigarette in a pretty good neighbourhood. She looked over and says, ‘Stay!’ to which the guy asked, ‘You have a dog?’ She told him ‘yes’ and he left and never came back. Of course no dog, but it was real enough to get the guy to leave.”
One suggested: “A large pair of men’s well-worn working boots can be a good deterrent. You can find them at just about any thrift store. Let people wonder what size guy is wearing a size 14 shoe.”
While another added: “My uncle works for an alarm company and he says the best deterrent for would-be intruders is a mean-sounding dog.”
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