Woman's warning about staying safe in dark parking lots goes viral - Metro US

Woman’s warning about staying safe in dark parking lots goes viral

The flannel shirt Ashley Hardacre found on her windshield.
Ashley Hardacre/Facebook

A Michigan woman’s odd encounter with a flannel shirt in a parking lot has gone viral after she posted about the incident on Facebook.

Ashley Hardacre claims that when she got to her car after closing for the night at a mall store in Flint, Michigan, she noticed a blue flannel shirt on her windshield. She spotted the clothing item after she had gotten into her vehicle and locked the doors.

“There were two cars near me and one was running so I immediately felt uneasy and knew I couldn’t get out to get it off. At first I thought maybe someone had just thrown it on my car for some odd reason. I used my windshield wipers to try to get them off but the shirt was completely wrapped around my wiper blade. I had seen posts lately about people finding things under their windshield wipers in the burton/Flint area as an attempt to get girls out of their cars and distracted. Luckily I knew better than to remove the shirt with cars around me so I drove over to a place where I was safe and quickly rolled down my window and got the shirt off. I don’t know why the shirt was on my car but it had to have been intentional the way it was put on there. I really can’t think of another reason as to why someone would put it on my car,” she wrote on Facebook.

Hardcore added that her parents had informed her of similar incidents happening in the area, but she “never thought it would potentially happen to my car.”

The post has had more than 100,000 shares since Tuesday night.

“I posted about the incident to inform others that it can happen to anyone and that they shouldn’t fall for it,” Hardacre told CBS News. “A lot of people think it is fake or it won’t happen to them. But you can never be too safe.”

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