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2 women say they were followed while shopping at Walmart in Fargo

Women grocery shopping at the Walmart off 52nd Avenue South in Fargo look to spread the word about how they stayed safe through their nightmare trip.

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Walmart off 52nd Avenue S. in Fargo.
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FARGO — Two women are rattled, after they say they were followed by suspicious men in the Walmart off 52nd Avenue South in Fargo.

On Wednesday night, the women say they were shopping, when four men started to follow them and take pictures.

The two then got help from store employees, who eventually escorted them to their car.

"I have my two-month-old son strapped me. She's pregnant (...) I am so thankful that we caught it. I don't know what could have happened if we didn't," said one of the women who wished to remain anonymous for her safety.

WDAY met with them Friday, Sept. 23, after one of them posted to Facebook to warn others.

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The post made by a woman who was followed in Walmart.

They say they were followed practically everywhere in the store. In the baby aisle, the grocery section and anywhere else in between by men who ranged in age from their early 20s to late 50s.

The women say the men pushed empty carts to appear like shoppers, before they followed them all the way to checkout.

They credit their own alertness, to escape the situation.

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"They're staring at us, looking at each other. We're getting freaked out, and we don't know what to do," said the other woman.

According to Fargo police, the women did everything pretty much perfectly.

"You have to be aware of your surroundings. You have to know who's around you, who's following you, a place to go if you need to go somewhere. Have a plan," said Lt. Bill Ahlfeldt of Fargo police. "And it appears as if that's what this individual did. So she handled that correctly."

Their only mistake? They didn't call the police.

"My guess is it probably would have crossed their mind. Should we call the police, or shouldn't we? Always call the police. If you have to ask yourself that question, call. And if we can't do anything, we'll tell you. If we can do something, well, we'll do it," Ahlfeldt said.

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WDAY News reached out to Walmart to verify the story, but have not heard back.

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Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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