A 20-year-old student has gone viral after she tweeted out screencaps of a conversation between herself and a dude that many are now comparing to Joe Goldberg of Netflix’s You.
After Lynda from Bromsgrove, England, spoke with a stranger on a train last week, the man ended up texting her—though she’d never actually given him her number, or any other means of contacting her.
She told BuzzFeed News, “It was general small talk about the weather and stuff. I initially didn’t notice him, and I can’t say I’d ever seen him before either.”
The man expressed confusion that Lynda was creeped out, rather than flattered, by his approach. She ended up blocking him.
“When I got the text at first I thought it was odd but it didn’t really register how seriously creepy the whole thing was, so I didn’t reply,” she said.
After the man gave her an ultimatum that amounted to “meet me or I won’t tell you who gave me your number,” Lynda asked him to stop texting her.
So he called her a bitch, because of course he did.
Lynda’s tweet has racked up over 84,000 likes and 18,000 comments since sharing the conversation to her Twitter last Sunday.
So I briefly spoke to someone on the train last week, we didn’t even exchange socials or anything and today he messaged me😭
Am I overreacting by being creeped out because what on earth 🙆🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/SCVdZjHsg1
— Indlovukazi (@Lyndahx) January 13, 2019
Lynda never found out what “friend” gave out her number to a total rando. Needless to say, people thought the dude’s moves were totally creepy.
Don't be the person asking for numbers; if you come across someone on insta message them on there.
Don't be the person who gives out your friends numbers without checking in with them first. 'Hey, this person wants your number. You want theirs or can I give them yours?' https://t.co/lkufC4xUAc
— Angel connected to 7G (@minysoda87) January 14, 2019
Yikes 😳😬 This is creepy as hell! 🙅♀️ https://t.co/OQ1Tln2pyy
— 🌛 Sarah Bulgrin 🌜 (@SarahFizzy) January 16, 2019
Parallels were instantly drawn to the Netflix series You and its stalker protagonist, Joe Goldberg.
This some Joe Goldberg shit lol https://t.co/271vo3dZVi
— Nathan (@nathan_vincent2) January 16, 2019
— kuda (@k_lttm) January 13, 2019
— bonenextdoor 🍫 (@Mr_Bonaparte_Jr) January 14, 2019
— BIG STEPPA (@ThePoliteThug) January 14, 2019
Gentlemen, here’s a good rule to live by: if a woman didn’t give you her phone number, chances are, she doesn’t want you to have it.