A concerned citizen called the cops after seeing hair hanging out of a car trunk in Ohio. However, this story thankfully has a happy ending as no one was hurt. In fact, it was all a simple misunderstanding.
Toria Townsend had a 45-minute drive home when she decided to stop at Dairy Queen for a little snack. While there, someone noticed long strands of hair coming out of the car’s trunk and rang the police. Officers showed up at Townsend’s door not long after to find out WTF was going on.
In a TikTok video, Townsend’s Ring camera shows the incident with police, in which they asked if she might be a hairstylist due to the “craziest thing” happening. “So there’s like, hair hanging out from your car.”
Townsend was shocked but knew immediately what was going on. “Oh my Jesus! Oh, that’s my wig!” she exclaimed. The officers weren’t shocked, but they were incredibly amused, saying, “You gotta see it.”
She then went to get the wig from the car and all was well.
So, how exactly did that happen? Townsend, 30, told Insider she’d gone to a hair appointment to get knotless braids on an “extremely hectic” day and since she was already running late, she just threw her wig in the truck, “not even paying attention or realizing where my wig landed.”
Upon reflection, Townsend realized a lot of people were staring at her throughout the drive and she had no idea why. “I was wondering why people were mugging me at the light,” Townsend said. “And I’m thinking to myself, like, ‘Somebody must’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed. Why is everyone staring at me?'” she said.
These days, she’s a lot more careful about how she stores her wigs. And while she’s slightly embarrassed about what happened, she’s really glad to see that the experience has gone viral.
“You really don’t see a lot of officers and a person of color interact so well. Now someone who’s a person of color and an officer getting along and [having] happy laughter all because of wig — that’s a good thing,” she said.