One of the worst experiences one can have is getting trapped in a small space. But it’s especially worse if someone with bad intentions has trapped you.
One woman was once trapped in a closet by the husband of the owner of the school she attended. To this day, she wishes she had done more to defend herself in the scary situation.
When she was 20, she was enrolled in a school to get her cosmetology license. The school wasn’t very fancy as it was in a small town, in a dated building.
The owner of the beauty school was a woman in her 60s. Her husband, who was around the same age, and their son were property managers.
“I didn’t like being around the husband,” she remembered.
“I found him off-putting. I sensed an unpredictable vibe. He was quiet, but I always felt like he was leering at us girls.”
Rumors about the owner’s husband circled the school and often involved him being drunk at work.
But one day, he did something to her that was the ultimate indicator of him being a dangerous man.
At the end of their school days, all students were responsible for performing a clean-up and had to finish a bunch of chores in the building.
Students often had to grab supplies from a creepy old closet. It was about 15 feet deep and only three feet wide.
There was only one measly lightbulb to light up the closet, so the deeper you went, the darker it got. A vending machine in front of the closet made it so the security cameras couldn’t film it.
One day during clean-up, she was in the closet by herself looking for some cleaning supplies.
Suddenly, someone appears in the closet doorway,” she recalled. “It’s the owner’s husband. He steps into the closet, and I just stare.”
Without greeting her, the owner’s husband stood there and continued to stare her down in the closet
Then, he began whispering terrible things to her about pinning her back so she couldn’t escape.
She was incredibly scared and couldn’t find words to say, so she pretended she couldn’t hear him and continued looking for supplies
Finally, after more creepy and threatening whispers, the owner’s husband walked away from the closet, and she got out of there as soon as the coast was clear.
“The whole thing was only a minute, but it was unsettling,” she said
“I’m glad he didn’t do anything worse. I quietly told a few girls, but I was scared to complain formally. I was timid, broke, with limited prospects in a town I just moved to, and I didn’t want trouble.”
Another student said she had a similar experience with the owner’s husband in the closet.
Now, as she’s gotten older and learned to stand up for herself, she regrets not doing more to scare him off at the moment.
What would you have done if you were in her position?