I'm a middle-aged woman, close to Mrs. Cook's age. I do a lot of driving in my job.
I find it puzzling that anyone thought it was "suspicious" that she was sitting in a parking lot. I can think of all kinds of reasons someone might have done that, because I do that all the time. I tend to avoid school parking lots, for my own reasons, including that schools and common sense seem to have parted company some time ago.
I frequently pull over into various parking lots to make or get telephone calls or text messages (we aren't supposed to do that while driving, after all); to reset my GPS; to check a map (the GPS is not infallible); to pick up something I've dropped; to clean my glasses; to decide what I'm going to do next; to grab a quick snack; to take a couple of Tylenol for a headache; to check on something that's making a funny noise; to do a little paperwork; to rest for just a minute; to listen to something on the radio; to make a "wardrobe adjustment;" and so on and so forth.
If this woman did not have a criminal record I don't understand why the assumption was that she was up to no good, and the encounter went so bad so fast.
It's scary because it could easily happen to me.
“It’s scary because it could easily happen to me. “
It could easily happen to any Freeper here.
What was her crime? Turning down the cop’s request for a date? Resisting when he fondled her? Why was his arm inside her vehicle at all?