Have you ever had that unsettling feeling that 'something is very wrong here'? One Reddit user shared a spine-chilling experience in a dark alley, reminding everyone to always trust their gut instincts and steer clear of dark alleys.
The OP (Original Poster) resides near a standalone 24-hour grocery store, which is located in a large parking lot and can be accessed by taking a side alley and turning left towards the main entrance.
One early morning, at around 5 am, they decided to walk over to the store to grab something.
When OP returned from the store, they noticed an old man waiting at the bus stop right in front of the store, right next to the alley they had come from.
For some unknown reason, OP immediately felt uneasy by his presence and didn't want to walk past him. So, OP went back into the grocery store and waited for ten minutes before OP finally decided to walk back home, thinking they were being silly for doing this.
And even though the man was no longer there, OP couldn't shake off the weird feeling they had.
Then OP remembered that the bus doesn't run for another two hours. And since the old man never went into the store, they couldn't think of any possible reason for him to be waiting there.
The thought that the old man was waiting for them kept haunting them. And even though he was gone, OP's gut told them that they couldn't return the way they came. So, OP walked in the opposite direction, up a hill, and then crossed over.
Then OP learned the hard way that dark alleys should always be avoided…
When OP looked down, they saw that the same old man was hiding in the dark alley, leaning against the wall, and waiting for them.
From that day on, the memory of the old man leaning waiting for them in the dark alley made them too scared to go to that store at night—they only went during daylight hours.
When someone asked the OP what they did when they saw him in the alley, this was their response:
“I ran. Fortunately there was more than one route home. I run a lot so I knew even if he tried he wouldn't catch up. He didn't try at that point,”
This Spine-Chilling Story Triggered a Wave of Responses from the Reddit Community, with Many Sharing Similar Experiences of Their Own
Many Reddit users had their fair share of hair-raising experiences, which they shared in the comment section with the OP. So it seems that the unsettling feeling of being watched is not uncommon.
“I just heard a story on The Moth Radio Hour on NPR. It was told by a former west african child soldier who came to america later. He said he never took the same path twice. He learned that hunting and being hunted by other people,” one wrote.
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“I had a similar experience, felt really weird at the bus stop and all of a sudden this guy comes out of no where and starts approaching me. I was the only person at the bus stop on a rainy day. I decided to walk/run away and he picked up the pace and started really following me. I ran back into my apt. Super scary!” another shared.
“I was walking home late at night down a small town road. I am a paranoid person and I was keeping tabs as I went. All of a sudden, I see a truck. There's nothing particularly weird about it, but the dome light is on. Suddenly, I am stopped dead in my tracks. I do not, not, not want to walk by this vehicle. It was the weirdest, most eerie feeling. I cross the road and pass that way, further away. When I go by, there's a man in the driver seat, leering at me,” a third wrote.
The lesson to be learned from this story is that you should always trust your hunches. When something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. And if you ever feel like you're being watched, you probably are!
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