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A teenage driver from Flint, Michigan, became a viral sensation this past week after she found a shirt tangled in her windshield wiper. She wrote online that she believes that it was an attempt to lure her out of her car.
Ashley Hardacre, 19, was leaving her job at a mall near Flint when she discovered that a stranger’s shirt was wrapped around one of her windshield blades.
It didn’t seem likely that the fabric had just blown onto her car; it was deliberately wrapped around her windshield wiper. Fortunately, Hardacre trusted her gut.
Instead of getting out of the car, she immediately drove away with the cloth still on her wiper, then found a safe place to pull over and remove it. Hardacre got home and explained what happened to her mother.
Together, the two women concluded that the teen was right to trust her gut instinct. They suspect that the shirt was a trap.
Ashley Hardacre, a 19-year-old who lives and works in the Flint, Michigan, area, posted to Facebook in mid-February 2017 about a scary incident she had on her way home from a night shift working at the mall.
The post has since been removed from Facebook, but when it first went up, it immediately became a sensation.
It was shared more than 95,000 times by concerned citizens trying to warn friends and family about the dangers of finding a shirt or other piece of fabric attached to a windshield.
For their part, local police forces are investigating Ashley’s claims carefully.
Though Ashley had heard rumors of similar ploys being used to lure girls out of cars, the local police stated to the press that they aren’t familiar with any such crimes in the area, saying: “Nothing like this has ever happened before. There have been no other incidences like this. It’s kind of unknown as to what or why or who [did this].”
No matter what, it’s a good idea to always be careful about strange objects left on or near your car, and to remember not to exit the car if someone is potentially trying to lure you out.
If you want more drivers to learn to recognize a potential trap, be sure to SHARE Ashley’s important warning.
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