It is often difficult to understand a stranger's intentions, and when there's no context for creepy behavior, it's usually best to assume the worst. On occasion, however, creepy behavior is actually innocent, and sometimes it's supposed to be a compliment. Redditors share the innocent things they do that could be seen as creepy, and though most of them mean well, the stranger who receives an unprompted gift or an envelope with their personal data would reasonably be nervous.
It's better to be safe than sorry when someone approaches you with odd behavior - but if you happen to know that anonymous caricature of you sleeping in public is harmless, these creepy stories where people mean well might be more fun than freaky.
From Redditor /u/tinyfeet:
Whenever I knit scarves for people, I always weave one strand of my own hair into it.
I also have a blood diary. It started fairly harmlessly when one of my friends scraped his knee and smeared it in my art notebook for [laughs], but since then it's escalated. I now have samples from most of my friends. It's actually pretty cool, but if I slip up and mention it to an acquaintance, my reputation as a normal human being goes to sh*t.
From Redditor /u/HollowWaves:
Whenever I'm on public transport and I see someone sleeping, I will draw a detailed drawing of them and place it on the seat next to them.
From Redditor /u/avenging_sword:
I like to look in people's windows. Not to watch them have sex or anything, but just to see what they are doing in there, what their house looks like. Conveniently, I have a dog. I like to walk him at night when most people are inside but not asleep yet. If someone's blinds are open, I will stand in front of their house just looking in until they either notice or I've absorbed all I need to about their house.
I have no intention of ever going inside their house or meeting them. I have trouble driving through subdivisions at night because I'm always trying to look in the windows as I drive.
From Redditor /u/TheMadStork:
I'm a street photographer; I take candid photos of people in public for various projects. The shiny parts of my camera are painted black, and I will steal your private moments.