HICKORY – Every once in awhile, a post on social media will go viral of a woman claiming she was stalked at the grocery store. She says she noticed a suspicious man or woman following her, so she made eye contact, tried to speak to them and requested an employee escort her to her car.
Sometimes the police get involved.
Sometimes a second man or woman is spotted, too, along with a white van or other large vehicle.
The poster automatically thinks she almost was a victim of human trafficking.
After a few thousand shares, likes and comments, the hysteria dies down and no one hears anything else about the suspicious man.