Warning: New tactic to distract drivers

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FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT) -- Ashley Hardacre had just gotten off work.

When she got in her car in the parking lot of a business in Flint Township, Michigan, she looked up to find a shirt on her windshield.

She looked around and saw two other cars. One was running, so she felt uncomfortable.

Hardacre turned on her windshield wipers. No luck. The clothing was wrapped tightly around the blade and buttoned up.

Because the item was only partially blocking her view, Hardacre drove to a safe place in the parking lot to take it off.

She said she had recently heard about people findings items placed on wiper blades exactly like this.

It's a warning her mom has repeated over and over again. She's been told the purpose was so the women would get out of their car and be distracted.

Hardacre says she's not sure what would happen next, but said she's grateful she didn't find out.

"It is something that you never expect that would ever happen to you or someone would ever try to harm you in any way, but I was just so shocked," she said. "And now, I'm kind of passed the scared. I'm more of - I want other people to know that it is, you know, something that can happen to them."

Hardacre has reached out to both mall security and the Flint Township Police Department.

Police will be looking out for these incidents in the future. They have an officer designated to the mall who will also be on higher alert.