"She handed the cashier a note, appeared to be in distress, and stated the man she was with was going to hurt her."
Desperate for help, a woman secretly slipped a note to a cashier and saved herself from a situation of domestic violence.
On Thursday, October 14, 2021, the woman entered a Food Lion supermarket in Clover, South Carolina, and was accompanied by another man. The two of them shopped and before leaving, the woman gave a note to the cashier and said she was afraid the man would hurt her.
The note made the cashier stop in their tracks, and the store immediately alerted the police department. The York County Sheriff's Office went on to seek the public's help in identifying the woman captured in the CCTV footage.
"October 14th, at 1:20 PM, the pictured woman entered the Food Lion, located at 5233 Hwy. 557, Clover, SC," said a post written by the department on Facebook. "She handed the cashier a note, appeared to be in distress, and stated the man she was with was going to hurt her. She left with a Hispanic male, who was wearing a black shirt driving the pictured black GMC truck, and headed toward Rock Hill on Highway 274."
Soon, the police were able to find the woman's location and ensured that she was safe.
"This person has been located and is safe. Thank you for your assistance," the police department confirmed.
A similar incident took place in Florida after a woman, Carolyn Reichle, had been held hostage for two days by her boyfriend, Jeremy Floyd. "Floyd repeatedly battered her... threatened her at gunpoint, and physically prevented her from leaving their home," the police said, as quoted by Global News.
Somehow, Carolyn convinced Jeremy that their dog needed to be checked by a vet. So Jeremy took her to the DeLand Animal Hospital, where Carolyn handed over a note to the staff and pleaded for help.
"Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me," the note said. "He has a gun. Please don’t let him know."
The police were immediately called to the hospital, and Jeremy was arrested at the scene.
In light of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the US, Monica Kearney spoke about how the issue of domestic violence is most certainly a cause for concern.
Kearney is the executive director of North Carolina’s Safe Space program, and she said 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are victims of domestic violence.
After the recent incident where the woman was saved because of a note she gave the Food Lion cashier, it was noted how domestic violence victims sometimes have to resort to unusual ways to get help.
A woman was found safe after passing a note to a cashier saying she feared she was going to be harmed by the man she was with. https://t.co/NPhE0mgpdn— WDTN (@WDTN) October 16, 2021
"The more a victim begins to get help and resources and the more... the batterer will try to cause more harm," Kearney said, as quoted by FOX 8.
Although it may seem hard, Kearney assured people that there are safe outlets for them if they ever do find themselves in an abusive relationship.
"The best thing to do is call the national domestic violence hotline. That number is 1-800-799-SAFE," Kearney added.
If you are being subjected to domestic abuse or know of anyone else who is, please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website or call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522.
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