It was met with horror by fellow users of the platform who, although the identities and genders of those involved were not made clear, assumed the stranger was a man and the dog owner was a woman.
“The insinuation that she’s like seeking attention by having the number on the dog’s collar is hilarious to me," one commented.
“I made this joke once with my [girlfriend], whose phone number is also on her dogs’ collars. I can’t believe that there are actually people with this mindset!” wrote another.
“[The] guy is very confused [about] what the number is for,” a third observed.
While a fourth stressed the insidious nature of the stranger’s behaviour: “WAIT GUYS ACTUALLY this is a huge deal,” they said.
“Some men will memorise your address and phone number and stalk you. If you’re getting bad vibes or they’re looking at your dog’s collar for a bit too long, you need to leave.”
Other users admitted to having had similar encounters.
“I had that happen to me in Austin. It was super creepy,” wrote one.
Another said: “I once posted a picture of my dog online and inadequately blurred the number. A person looked up a selfie I had posted and sent me a text message with a few too many eggplants. Humans are terrible.”
Meanwhile, other Redditors remarked simply that the stranger had acted like a “next level creep.”