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Do You Follow Your Intuition?

Posted by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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Kidnapped 7-Year-Old Home Safe Thanks to 'Nosy' Stranger

by Jeanne Sager

David Douglas Natalie CalvoIf you've ever had a feeling that something wasn't "quite" right only to have your friends or family tell you that you're just over-sensitive, this story is for you! An abducted 7-year-old is home safe with her family and the suspected kidnapper is behind bars. It's all thanks to one quick-witted Target worker who felt something was "off" about one of her customers.

Cops in Pittsburg, California, are crediting Roxanna Ramirez, a loss prevention specialist at the big box store, with saving little Natalie Calvo.

The story goes that Ramirez noticed a man fidgeting in the aisles and acting strangely, so she followed him outside where he continued to set off her "strange-o-meter." On a hunch, she wrote down his license plate number. Turns out the hunch was right!

Later her girlfriends shared details of an Amber Alert, and the guy in question sounded an awful lot like the man Ramirez had seen, and his car matched the description. The Target worker called the cops with the license plate number, they tracked down car owner David Douglas, and voila! Natalie was rescued, and Douglas has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.

Can you imagine what would have happened if she hadn't followed up on that weird feeling? If she'd just written it off as being "over-sensitive" and let it slide?

I confess sometimes I'm the one who has called people's "feelings" over-sensitive. Heck, I'd even call some of them a little nosy!

Once someone followed my husband when he was taking our daughter to the car because she was misbehaving (inside a Target, ironically enough) and actually wrote down our license plate number. Knowing he wasn't kidnapping his own kid, I was a little annoyed. But it's stuff like this that makes me feel grateful that there are people who keep their eyes open because, hey, you never know.

Your "over-reaction" could end up saving a life!

Do you follow your intuition?

Have you ever had that sense that someone was just "off"?

What did you end up doing about it?

by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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mickstinator
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

wow, she had a keen sense there! i have never had a hunch about something that significant, but i've had that happen with much smaller, more typical things. 

i guess the most obvious would be waking up at night with the feeling my child was in trouble and finding him awake and upset (but not making noise). 

steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Jan. 8, 2014 at 12:15 PM
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 Yes, I do follow my intuition or gut as I call it.  If I sense that something is off, I act on it.  My husband and good friends have learned to trust me when I get that feeling.  I've been right most of the time.  Let's just say that I can spot a creeper at 20 paces.  lol

StephanieSH
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 12:23 PM
I try bc I figure better safe than sorry. Last year when I was picking up my kids from their after school program at school I noticed a girl standing outside the school by herself waiting for a ride. A man on a bicycle rode up to her and started chit chatting with her. She didn't appear to know him. I waited around until he left then I notified the school about it. The next day the principal sent out an email reminding everyone about safety and strangers. In my opinion there is no reason ever for a strange man to stop and chit chat with an elementary school kid.
_Meg_
by Bronze Member on Jan. 8, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I always trust my own instincts, BUT I live in a city (Long Beach, California) where there are LOTS of weird people I encounter every day...I can't be calling the police on every nut-job I see acting strange. But I have paid extra attention and even followed people for a bit when my instincts tell me someone is more off than usual. 

_Meg_
by Bronze Member on Jan. 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Also...super happy that little girl is back home with her family. Poor kiddo and poor parents!

soymujer
by Mikki on Jan. 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I don't always follow it.

family in the van   Mom of four


mommy053008
by Maria on Jan. 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM
Yep I have acted on it also. Not sure what became of it all I saw was the chase between the police and said car.
mama987665
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I listen to my intuition all the time.

Vitametavegamin
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM
Honestly, I think a lot of people act strange so if I followed my intuition all the time, I'd be calling the police on a whole lot of people!
TheartAH
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 11:13 PM
This is me too. Even as a child I had the "creeper sense". It saved me more than once.

Quoting steelcrazy:

 Yes, I do follow my intuition or gut as I call it.  If I sense that something is off, I act on it.  My husband and good friends have learned to trust me when I get that feeling.  I've been right most of the time.  Let's just say that I can spot a creeper at 20 paces.  lol

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