Woman Shares Terrifying Story About A Man Coming Into Her House

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Woman recounts terrifying story of man entering her home.@tragedythyme/Twitter

Sometimes the scariest stories aren’t about hauntings or supernatural beings, they are about the moments when an everyday event is made terrifying by another human being trapping you in a position you never wanted to be in.

One woman, who goes by the Twitter handle SaraSuze, has shared a story which will sadly resonate with many women and indeed plenty of men.

Former lawyer SaraSuze put up a clothes dryer on the Letgo app, an app which allows you to buy and sell used items. Since the dryer was heavy and located in her basement, meeting a buyer in a public place would have been impossible. They would have to come and collect it from her home address.

As a safety precaution, SaraSuze decided to only allow buyers to pick up the dryer after 5pm, when her husband would be home. An interested buyer who worked nights asked if he could collect the dryer in the morning and SaraSuze agreed, as long as he arrived before her husband headed out.

However, the following morning the buyer showed up only after SaraSuze’s husband had left for work, and some serious alarm bells started to go off.

Things became more strange when it became apparent he had not brought along a dolly to help lift the heavy dryer, despite this being stated as a must in her advertisement.

Late and unprepared, the buyer asked if he could go into the basement to look at the dryer, before coming back with somebody else to help him.

Recounting her story in a Twitter thread, SaraSuze recalled her thought process:

I quickly try to assess my likelihood of danger, as every woman has done so, so many times. It’s instinct. First, what’s his age? Late 60s, early 70s. He’s tall but thin. Wearing a wedding ring. Hasn’t smiled at me strangely or looked at me for too long. I make a judgment call.

She added:

Feeling like he’s more likely to be safe than unsafe, and feeling badly about not letting him see the dryer, I invite him in. Once in the basement, he’s POSITIVE he can get it out with just a LITTLE help he says, looking at me.
F*ck it. I pick up a side.

As SaraSuze reluctantly helped lug the dryer up the basement stairs, she realised something was seriously off with the way the man was looking at her.

SaraSuze explained:

Walk to the stairs is fine. We’re sharing the work. With each stair, I’m feeling more and more of the weight. I’m sweating. Heaving. Pissed. Halfway up the stairs and it feels like he’s doing NOTHING.

And then I see it. The look on his face.

She added:

He’s staring at me, hard. Right in the eyes, sly smile on his lips. My hair is matted to my forehead. I can’t get a comfortable grip. I’m just about to ask him what’s going on – is he even lifting? – when he starts to speak.

‘Damn, girl. Look at you. Man, those thighs. Put em to work, huh? That sweat looks good on you. Workin thighs like that, I bet your husband is a happy man. C’mon, show me what you got.’ I was mortified. And I’m realizing I can’t get out. He & a dryer I’m lifting are blocking me.

SaraSuze also revealed the man had said far more revolting things, but she refrained from posting them publicly to avoid upsetting those who had experienced something similar.

Humiliated, SaraSuze was forced to fake laugh as she continued to push the dryer up the stairs. As soon as she could, she went to her phone, waited for five seconds, and said, ‘honey, the buyer is here!’

The man ended up leaving without the dryer. He later returned to her home at 10pm, but pretended to have gotten the wrong address when her husband answered the door.

The ordeal has taken an ’emotional toll’ on SaraSuze, who said:

The point – other than my being pissed and wanting to tell people – is that events like this, even when we come out ok, take an emotional toll. I was scared. He left more and more of the weight on me & watched me squirm. And now I have one more “thing” that I have to worry about.

So men, if you want to be allies, then recognizing that assault is bad is just the minimum. For every sexual assault, there are thousands of events that don’t lead to violence but which scare the shit out of us, especially after our ‘assessment’ turns out to have been wrong.

She added:

And obviously, if you ever are in a woman’s home alone, whether during a service call or an online sale like this, accept if she’s home alone, she’s likely done the assessment. Respect her space, don’t do gross shit. The basics. Please.

It is all too easy to sit behind computer screen offering advice to SaraSuze as to what she could have done differently to avoid such an upsetting situation.

But the bottom line is, this man’s behaviour was completely out of line; taking advantage of what should have been an ordinary transaction to make a woman feel unsafe in her own home.

If only we lived in a world where people did not just assume they could get away with such despicable and damaging behaviour.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). Alternatively you can contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.

Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on its website or on its helpline – 0808 800 5005.

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