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Today, I sprayed pepper spray on a guy who appeared to be following me. He was really cute, and was really trying to give me back my keys that I'd dropped. FML

By Lena - / Saturday 3 March 2012 00:39 / France
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By  KungFuJack3  |  16

This is why you don't pepper spray someone unless they actually try and attack you. Get prepared if you want, but look what happens when you assume stuff. For all you know he might have just been heading the same way as you.

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  TheNewGuy03  |  26

A generic "excuse me" is flirting now? Even if the person *is* flirting, if you aren't interested, tell them respectfully that you aren't. There is no need to attack someone if you aren't defending yourself.

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  Mortoli  |  29

in a world with all this violence, especially towards women, its best to just call out to them cause one wrong move could end in catastrophe i feel bad for guy if he did and she just didnt notice but at same time this world is too dangerous to not be cautious.

By  KungFuJack3  |  16

This is why you don't pepper spray someone unless they actually try and attack you. Get prepared if you want, but look what happens when you assume stuff. For all you know he might have just been heading the same way as you.

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  Setareh23  |  34

Exactly. I get how scary walking alone can be, especially if you've been assaulted before, but her actions were still way out of line. At the very least, she could have pulled out the spray and asked him why he was following her or warned him to stay back. But instead she chose to jump the gun and sprayed an innocent man.

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  prc_  |  4

OP is the living example of why carrying pepperspray is illegal in my country for civilians. For carrying pepper spray you will get fine and possibly charge. Which has resulted to people carrying security sprays with salt,methol and paint mix. Others take risk still carrying pepperspray, which could lead to fines or even criminal record and that way to problems with getting work... FFS.. OP could have warned the follower that you are going to spary him and requested him to state his business.

By  Tripartita  |  44

This is why I always return dropped items to women on the street with my mouth open and eyes tightly closed. It's especially nice when I'm on the way to lunch and want extra spivey chicken.

By  Phylo_fml  |  17

I would be freaking out and probably do the same. it's partially your fault and the guy's fault. He should have said something out loud, so you are aware what he is trying to do. You also should of asked why was he following you.

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  notabanana  |  8

yeah no. he was doing a nice thing by trying to give her back her keys, it is not a guys responsibility to say "EYY YO GURL IMMA CHASE AFTER YOU NOW BUT JUST TO GIVE YOU YOUR KEYS THAT YOU DROPPED OK HERE YOU GO BYE NOW"

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It wasn't the guys fault at all, the OP overreacted. Unless someone is threatening or physically hurting you, you don't use a weapon, she used it prematurely. Just because someone seems to be taking the same path as you, doesn't mean they're necessarily "following" you. What if the guy was just taking the same route as OP, in this case, he was just trying to be nice. Make sure you know there is malice intent before resorting to defense.

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  tygerarmy  |  35

I'm a fast walker, if I was walking the same way I'd probably catch up to her, and I probably would not be paying attention to her 'til she sprayed me in the face. What if the guy was soft spoken, or mute, he doesn't have to yell to get the OP's attention, you don't assault someone you suspect if following you. I hope police got involved.

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  Aethereal  |  14

I'm with you here... I know I've gotten a few over the shoulder glances as I'm about to catch up with someone walking on the same sidewalk, but thankfully no one has assaulted me for it.

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  anlong93  |  9

She probably mentioned it because not only did she make such an awful mistake, but she also missed out on an opportunity for a date. There are a lot of single people out there.

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