We have experienced this creepy phenomenon ourselves and have a couple ways of handling it.
First, we wave to the stalkers. And smile.
Then, if we suddenly remember there’s something else we need to get, we will turn around and walk back into a store.
But only after walking all the way up to our vehicle, snapping our fingers in an elaborate pantomime of “Oh, I almost forgot,” then walking back.
If we have packages with us, we’ll put them in the vehicle – act like we’re going to drive away – and only then pull the double back.
Or, since we always have a book and a bottle of water with us, we may choose that precise moment to create a little quality time with one of our favorite authors. And if our stalker honks, we smile – and wave again!
The survey, conducted by Response Insurance, has found stalking has increased from 9% of self-identified cretins in 2000, to over 15% today.
Also as we suspected, women used to be the majority of stalkers, but now men do it in almost equal numbers as well.
The survey identified a four different categories of parking lot anthropology, including: “’Search & Destroy’ drivers who cruise the aisles for a space; ‘Lie & Wait’ who position themselves at the end of an aisle waiting for an opening; the ‘See It & Take It’ driver who simply takes the first space they see; and the ‘Stalker.’"
The previous survey had 12% of women and 5% of men stalking, but this year those numbers were almost even with nearly 16% of women and nearly 15% of men following shoppers in their cars as a strategy to get a good spot. Drivers age 25-34 are again the most likely to stalk [23%], as are residents of urban areas [16%].