When you see something, you should say something. But one woman took that to great, heroic lengths when she noticed a man with his phone under her dressing room door, filming her while she was trying on bras at Kohl’s. She started screaming and chased him through the store — all while topless.
The woman tells KCTV-5 in Kansas City that she saw the man’s hand under the dressing room wall while he lay on the floor, filming her.
She didn’t want him to get away, so instead of just yelling and staying put, she took action — sprinting from the dressing room with her hands covering her breasts as she ran.
“I followed him. I shouted, ‘Stop! Help me!’ I just screamed and chased him topless through the store,” she said. “I know I shouldn’t be chasing someone … I was just enraged. I was at a store in a very private place, and I was enraged and I wanted to get the phone.”
She realized when she hit the front doors of the store that she should probably not take her mad dash outside while half-clothed.
“At that point, I just started crying because I was so upset that he was getting away. When you feel violated, what you really want is for justice to be done,” she says.
Other shoppers had witnessed the chase and helped by going after him outside, and police caught up to the suspect and arrested him three blocks from the store. He’s been charged with breach of privacy, but that’s not enough, explains the victim.
“He is clearly mentally ill, and he clearly needs treatment and he needs to go into the system … so he can get his treatment,” she said.
We salute you, brave lady who cared enough to stop a bad consumer that she offered herself up for potential embarrassment.* And by that we mean we’re not sure everyone could be so courageous in the face of general mortification, so it’s even more admirable that you did.
*Editor’s note: Earlier story remarked that she had “no care for her personal dignity” — that was only meant to be a compliment that she could cast aside her personal discomfort in order to pursue someone who should be pursued, not a judgment.