My dear friends, I want to share a story with you about a friend of mine in hopes that you will revisit how careful you are being when out on the town. This story affects us single ladies mostly, but there are still opportunities for our married and spoken for friends to be taken advantage of too.
In today's world, it is just as common to meet people on-line through dating sites, as it is to meet potential dates through friends, via a hobby, a set up, or other means. I wanted to share this story with you because it made me take a second look at how careful I am when I go out. It is a good reminder for us all.
The story begins when my gal pal met a stand up looking fellow for a first meet/date from an online dating site.Things seemed to check out okay. They had exchanged several emails, agreed to meet in a public place and set up a time to meet.
My lady friend, freshened up one evening and drove to the agreed upon location. She got out of her car and walked into the venue where she soon found her date waiting to meet her. She sat down, ordered a glass of wine and commenced a very entertaining conversation. Things were going swimmingly, and they even discovered they had mutual friends. At one point in their visit, she leaned into her purse to get something or maybe she took a quick visit to the ladies room. As fate would have it, she had another engagement. She'd made dinner plans with friends and set out to meet for only a short time in the first place.
So after about an hour, my friend said good-bye and left, but she decided to stop at home for a minute. In those few minutes, she began to hear voices and see things. She started to get scared and called for some help. Friends came to her aid and nursed her through a fit of hallucination. She drank a lot of water, talked in gibberish and felt awful for the next few hours. The whole episode was horrifying. She had clearly been slipped a drug in the seconds she was in her purse or minutes she was in the restroom.
The fellow she met was a liar and scam artist. Seemingly nice people can be crazy and deceitful. These first "meets" can end up in a disastrous situation. Using fake names and leaving key details hidden until it is time to share more is perfectly fine. When everything else seems to check out, it is easy to forget about "roofies".
She was lucky she had to go home and had the wherewithal to ask for help. Had she stayed for a second drink or dinner, she might be lost or sold into human trafficking right now. A number of things could have happened to her, but her guardian angel was looking after her and got her home safely.
Fortunately, this story turns out well. Please use safety tips and remember to always keep an eye on your drinks and get your own drinks from the bar when strangers are involved. Tell friends where you are going and go out in a group if you can. Please be safe when you are out on the town because you are precious and you can!