A TikTok user has been hailed a hero after she pretended to be friends with a stranger who was being harassed by a "creep" on the street asking bizarre questions.
The 21-year-old US woman known as ‘Pikanab’ on the social media platform was leaving her home late at night last week when she spotted a man speaking to a woman across the road and saw that the woman looked “really uncomfortable”.
In the video that has since been viewed over 32 million times Pikanab questions if she should intervene before running over.
“F**k it, I’m from NYC, I’m going over there. Girls supporting girls!” she says in the video.
Man had been asking woman 'about her toes'
When she reaches the pair Pinkanab pretends to know the woman and tells her she has been waiting for her.
“Hey girl, I was waiting for you in the car, who is this?” she asks cheerfully.
The man instantly responds that he was just “talking” to the woman.
“Talking to her about what?” the TikTok user asks, still keeping up the friendly facade.
Pikanab said what the man said next made her heart drop.
“Nothing, just asking her if her toes are long,” the man says.
Both women laugh awkwardly and Pikanab asks the woman if she knows who the man is.
“Umm… no,” the woman replies.
Pikanab then grabs the woman “to make sure he doesn’t” and hurries off toward her car.
“Do you need a ride?” she asks the woman.
“Yes please,” the woman says softly before the video ends.
TikTok user acted on instinct
Pikanab said she was terrified but glad she trusted her instinct.
“This is why girls need to stick together,” she captioned the video.
“You probably just saved a girl from getting kidnapped,” one user replied.
“I’m sorry girl, I think you dropped this,” another follower replied along with a crown emoji.
Pikanab followed up assuring people that the girl was “safe” and detailed moments where she was accosted by strange men on the street in the past, which prompted her to take action when she saw the situation unfolding.
"In that moment, I was scared, too," she recalled.
"But I was like, 'grow a pair of ovaries and go help her'. So I did.
"But while I was helping her, especially when he said the toe part, my heart was going pitter-patter, pitter-patter. I almost threw up."
Many followers asked the TikTok user if she and the woman she rescued had become friends and Pikanab replied that the woman didn’t owe her anything and she was just helping out.
“She doesn't owe me friendship, and she does not owe me her number to become friends with."
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