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Ask Amy: Volunteer feels cornered by unwanted friend

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I am a 45-year-old married woman with three children.

I volunteer for a nonprofit organization and through this work I met a nice older woman (58) in this group. “Carol” was very nice, but over the past two years, she's become very attached to me. This makes me uncomfortable.

She messages me over Facebook every morning and every night, and texts me multiple times a day.

Carol stops by unannounced and is very much in my space. She is very touchy.

She says I'm her best friend and that she loves me, but I don't even think of her that way at all.

She sends extravagant gifts to me and my family frequently.

 

I'm trying to be nice; I don't want to hurt her. But other than the nonprofit, we have nothing in common.

I kind of feel uncomfortable around her. She gets angry when I don't respond to her and messages my children, telling them I'm "shutting her out.”

That's crossing the line. I just don't know what to do.

I just wish I had never met her.

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