You never think it happens to you until it does. You never think that you’d be the one that people reblog tips for.
I wash just closely followed and taped by a man at a convention today. The only reason I’m here to talk about it is because of said reblogged tips. They might have just saved me.
When I saw that man behind me, I did a run-through of everything I knew to keep me safe. Everything I saw on this website that would help me. First, I made sure I was being followed. I picked up my pace, went around tables sporadically, mixed up my directions. I never stopped moving. When I saw he was still the same distance behind me, I knew.
Second, I looked for my friends. I had come with three other people and had split up to look at merch. But when I couldn’t find them, I did what I never thought I’d have to do. I thank all of the people I followed for reblogging it so many times.
I picked a random cosplayer my age (a Midoriya cosplayer of 15-16 years) and pretended that I just met a long lost friend. I leaned in close to give them a hug and then whispered that I was being followed. They understood IMMEDIATELY and let me follow them to a different booth. It wasn’t until I grouped with them that the man stopped following me. I later went to security and the man was already someone who they were having trouble with earlier.
Moral of the story: Please reblog tips for safety on your dash. I don’t care if it doesn’t fit. If I didn’t think of pretending I knew someone, something worse could’ve happened to me. If you’re being followed, don’t be afraid to pretend you know someone. Be careful out there. You never think it’s going to be you until it happens.
So glad your safe OP!! As a fandom blog, this does fit. Please always be ready to help out a fellow cosplayer in need.
Note also that as the person approached you don’t have to do something heroic or confront the person following or harassing the person approaching you for help. Just roll with the pretence that you know each other to help them leave that area/lose their pursuit (“It’s so nice to see you! I didn’t recognise you in your costume! Let’s go and catch up”) and then find some staff to report what happened. Most creeps will not continue following or harassing someone who visibly has even one friend with them because their whole creepy strategy is to isolate someone.