I've been thinking about posting this story for awhile now but I am worried about not being able to explain it well enough. I used to be very frightened about this but now that I am older I'm curious if anyone else has had an experience like mine.
This took place around 16 years ago, before I moved to Norway. I lived in Southern California where I was born and raised and where the incident took place. I am not exactly sure if I was 16 or 17 years old at the time but it was somewhere around there. I am close with my mom and my grandma and we lived together at this time. In the afternoons it was common that we would run our errands together and maybe pick up dinner before going back home. One afternoon I went along with my grandma on a trip to the pharmacy. The pharmacy was in a strip mall shopping center that we visited often because our bank, grocery store and favorite Chinese food place were also located there. Anyway, this afternoon I sat in the passenger's seat of my grandma's car while she went inside the pharmacy.
It was still daylight and the parking lot had a normal amount of cars and people walking into the stores. The parking spots nearest to the side of the car I was sitting on were not taken. So there were probably 2 or 3 empty spaces next to me. While I was sitting in the car I noticed movement in the corner of my eye so I turned my head and saw something standing in an empty spot a few spots over from our car. What I saw shocked me. It was a very tall figure, maybe 8 feet tall. It resembled a human male except the face had no distinguishing features other than looking extremely melted.
This is the part that I find difficult to explain. The face wasn't melted as in dripping-looking. It looked more like a peach color melted wax or plastic face. I don't remember seeing eyes, just places where eyes should be. It also had a very high and unnatural hair line. The hair it had resembled an extremely frizzy brillo pad wig that was melted/burned onto the head. I think the color was rust. I do not remember what it was wearing.
It was standing there and waving excitedly at me. Its arms were just waving eagerly at me, like it was a friend who excited to see me. The moment I looked at it, I was so shocked and scared that I immediately looked away. I had a horrible feeling from seeing it but mostly I was stunned. I remember saying "WTF, WTF, WTF" in my head. When I turned my head away from it, it was immediately at my window. It didn't walk or run, it was just suddenly there in an instant. I was looking straight ahead while it was there at my window. It seemed to be bent over at the waist and its face was really close to the glass, it was still having its hand in an annoying and crazed greeting. I didn't know what to do, the fear felt like a punch to the gut. I was a dumb teenager so I pretended to be changing the radio channel, ignoring it. After a moment I didn't see it in the corner of my eye at the window. I turned my head to look, nothing there. I locked the car door and looked in the rearview mirror, nothing there. I looked all around the parking lot from inside the car. Nothing. If it were a person I should have been able to see it walking away from the car or walking into a store. This thing had just vanished.
I was so freaked out that I became emotional and started crying. My grandma came back to the car from the pharmacy and I told her what happened. She could see that I was obviously upset. She listened to what happened as we drove home. When we arrived home I went straight to my mom and told her what happened too. I was still in tears and she comforted me. They both believed me but I could barely believe it myself. I've had a hard time telling this story for a long time because I would become teary trying to tell it. It was scary and it was such an uncomfortable feeing to see someone that I know could not be human. I don't know what that thing was. But I know that if I were to see something similar between then and now, I would have went to the doctor to discuss possible schizophrenia because I am sure of what I saw and it just doesn't make sense.
We continued to run our errands at that shopping center but I never sat alone in the car again. I also remember declining to join my mom on a late night trip to the pharmacy just some years ago because it would be dark and I don't want to see anything like it again.
A few things that I remember that I want to add. I have been around this shopping center my whole life and I have not heard of anyone having any unusual incidents there. It is not a creepy place, it's literally just a buzzing little strip mall. It was not a person in a costume. The figure was way too tall and it was way too fast when it teleported or whatever to my window. When it was at the window it seemed to be smiling; I wouldn't look directly at it when it was at the window but I saw its expression in the corner of my eye. I am not afraid of clowns but it did seem clownish in behavior (ex: the way it was waving at me furiously and smiling). I had not seen IT or heard of Slenderman or saw any movie like it around this time. I was not interested in horror films and I wasn't yet reading horror/ghost stories on the internet. The figure was not see through, misty or anything ghostly. Just extremely real and horrifying to look at, yet not of this world. I don't have any psychological conditions, I wasn't experimenting in spells or Ouija boards and I was not using drugs/alcohol, so I can rule those out. Has anyone else seen or heard of something like this or have any ideas about what happened?