When you’re out in public, it’s always a good idea to keep your wits about you and pay attention to what’s happening around you.
One young woman from Las Vegas, Nevada, made a point of looking out for another woman while she was working out, and now her story is going viral on Twitter. Maddison Wescott, a 19-year-old student who just moved to Vegas, was minding her own business at the gym when she noticed a man who appeared to be pestering the woman on the machine next to hers. Concerned for the woman’s safety and comfort, Maddison approached them.
Even though Maddison had headphones in, she could hear the man and her “creep radar” kicked in, hard. The man was saying things like, “You look great in those leggings,” and other personal remarks and the woman seemed irritated by him.
“To me it sounded like she was getting hit on,” Maddison said. “And from her reaction, which looking back seems like she was just annoyed with him … was unwanted.”
Like many women, Maddison has had men approach her at the gym to hit on her, so she decided to say something to help a sister out. Pretending to know her, Maddison went up to her and asked her if she was ready to leave.
That’s when she found out that the guy was actually the girl’s boyfriend. Oops.
The girl was Nicoletta, and she told Maddison right away that her boyfriend Ricky was just goofing around, pretending he didn’t know her. Although Maddison was understandably embarrassed, Nicoletta went out of her way to thank her and tell her that she really appreciated how she’d stuck up for her.
“I turned beet red and I said, ‘I’m sorry, I feel so awkward right now,'” Maddison remembers.
When Nicoletta got home, she was still smiling over the way a stranger had tried to help her out of an uncomfortable situation. She decided to share the story on Twitter…
Little did she know that doing so would start a torrent of personal anecdotes from women all over the world! They shared their own experiences when a fellow woman helped them escape from an uncomfortable, or even dangerous, situation.
It wasn’t just women who stepped in, either. There were stories about men doing the right thing, too!
Days later, the supportive tweets and personal anecdotes continue to pour in, proving that this sort of thing is all too common. It’s also a great reminder for all of us to look out for each other, and if something doesn’t seem right, speak up! In this situation, Nicoletta wasn’t in any danger, but that’s not always the case. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Please share this story to encourage everyone to stay alert, and never be afraid to intervene if something doesn’t feel right.