Harassed on the Lower Level of Columbia Mall, Maryland

On a mid morning at Columbia Mall (Howard County) I was walking on the lower level towards Nordstrom department store. I was walking on the right side of the mall floor when passing a brunette woman. As I was deciding which retailer I would venture to next I noticed a 6′ + nearly 300 pound black male on the other side staring at me. I took a few steps and the burly male headed diagonal towards me from the left side of the mall. Like most people have learned, this is one of the safety techniques used to gauge whether one is in danger in a parking lot or alley. Here, I had to use it in broad daylight at the mall. To be sure, I then manuevered to the opposite of the mall (to the left) and he followed me again and murmured something. At this point I literally ran to a store at the far end to bring attention to myself and he finally left me alone.

Yes folks, in broad daylight one is not safe. Maryland has a serious problem with trashy trailer park residents and ghetto “hood” vagabonds venturing into clean suburbs disturbing the peace and making public spaces unsafe for law abiding citizens who mind their business.

Black man, leave me alone!

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