Courtney Greatrex was walking through London when, from behind her, someone yelled just the rudest thing.
Greatrex, 22, was walking to the subway that morning—totally normal. There were rude catcallers behind her—also, unfortunately, normal for London, she added.
But these three men in a white construction van had slowed down in order to ring a bell at her and were laughing at her. She was fed up, and tried to stick up for herself. She told them off and said this was harassment, but it only made things worse.
They started yelling obscenities at her, van still following closely, until she couldn’t stop crying. In the slow-moving traffic, she couldn’t even get away from them.
“It was awful, it was so distressing, I couldn’t stop crying,” she told Daily Mail. “I was also shaking with rage. It was 7:30am and I can’t even walk to work in jeans and a coat without people like this shouting at me.”
“But today I’m not accepting it,” Greatrex wrote on Facebook.
“After that, they still didn’t stop, so I took a picture of the van and they tried to hide their faces,” Greatrex wrote.
No matter—she got the van with the Aqua Roofing logo stamped clearly on the front, and the license plates.
Then, she sent the photos along with a message of what happened to the roofing company.
Greatrex not only messaged the company, she spoke to the workers’ boss, who “dealt with it really well.”
One of the men was fired immediately and the other two were under investigation.
She noted that he said the company hadn’t received complaints like this before, “but I might just be the first to stand up for myself and have evidence.”
Friends and family were incredibly supportive, Greatrex added, and some had contacted the company on her behalf as well.
“There was no reason for it,” she said of the three men’s behavior, “even if they thought it was just ‘banter.'”