So this week, I swallowed my pride and called Campus Safety when I got off the bus for an escort across campus. These nasty little nagging voices kept saying, "Soft! You're soft! You know how to hurt people and take people down using a side arm bar takedown and now you're all city soft!" And to make things worse?
The security officer was female.
But the true icing on the cake?
Apparently, it's common practice for PSU Public Safety (oooh, I hope that shows up in a search engine now) to put a girl like me, who just needs an escort, in the back of the Campus PD car and drive alllll the way around campus to where I need to be.
A little mini parade! For all to see! In the BACK of the PD CAR Behind the gate. On the plastic seat. With no handle inside because you can't get out until they let you out.
And then maybe it's common practice (or maybe it was just my lucky day) for the driver of the car (2 officers!) to go as fast as possible around corners. Turns out they're a little bored at night. I can hear you say it now: "Isn't a little humiliation worth your safety?"
I'm going to the running supply store tomorrow to buy pepper spray, and if I can't find any, I'll buy the bear mace at REI the employee did his best to persuade me NOT to buy. I don't need to be the central figure in any more Campus PD parades.
(Shoes isn't pleased with my re-found independence.)