A woman who authorities feared could have potentially been a victim of domestic violence was found safe after she handed a note to a cashier at a Food Lion in South Carolina saying a man she was with “was going to hurt her,” according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman “appeared to be in distress” when she walked into the Food Lion on Friday afternoon with a man and slipped the note to the staff member.
The pair eventually left the store in a black truck, and the sheriff’s office put out a notice on social media that the woman needed to be found.
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She was located on Friday morning and is safe, York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris told Fox News.
Victims of domestic violence have used clever ways to get help in dangerous situations.
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In May 2018, a woman in Florida had been beaten and held captive for two days before convincing her alleged abuser to take her dog to an animal hospital. Once at the veterinarian, she was able to slip a note to a staff member, alerting them to the situation.
In 2019, an Ohio woman called 911 and pretended to order a pizza when her mom’s boyfriend allegedly became violent. Officers went to the house and were able to arrest the man. The police chief said the dispatcher “handled the call beautifully.”