We had an interesting experience in the office today that I will preface with the fact that our shopping center has been plagued with a recent string of armed robbery and violent assualts. With this in mind, I have been in condition yellow much more frequently. So just before lunch a large, unkempt, gangsta-looking black-American man stormed into the office and literally grunted at one of my receptionists and then began to briskly walk back to my desk. I didn't hear what he said or didn't say, but I immediately went to condition orange. Instead of coming straight back to my desk he turned to glance into the lunch area of the office as if to scope the place out or look for somebody. Now I am almost in condition red.
I opened my drawer and removed my pistol from the holster but kept it in the drawer and out of sight. It looked like he was going to walk back into the lunch area so I asked him what he wanted. The receptionist later said that when I spoke it sounded very stern and forceful, but I donít really remember how aggressive I sounded. As if he didnít hear me, the man turned and walked straight into my office. One of his hands was out of sight behind his hip and as he entered my office the hidden arm was extended. Of course things felt like slow motion and in my mind I was forced to make the decision: to draw or not to draw. Something (dont ask me what) told me not to draw and it became more clear that as he stuck his hand out there was nothing more deadly in it than a piece of paper.
As it turns out, the man was deaf and was asking for financial help in a document written in English and Spanish. Unfortunately for him, I make it a practice to never give money out at the office (not that I carry any), but furthermore, I was so flustered that I just wanted him out of my office. I feel bad for his circumstances, but he scared my receptionist half to death and made me very uncomfortable. If he had any sense at all he would change into something more presentable, tuck his shirt in and wait to be attended to rather than storming in and coming straight back. I realize now that he was looking for somebody in the lunch area that he could give his paper to, but it appeared to me that he was scooping out the potential victims/witnesses.
Thankfully, I was able to remain calm and it turned out to be nothing. I am glad that I did not draw down on this guy. He probably would have needed to change his shorts afterwards. I have been on the fence about carrying with one in the chamber and recently made up my mind to do so. This experience made it so obvious to me why that is a must. It also impressed upon me the importance of always being in condition yellow. Becaused I noticed him as soon as he came in, I was able to cycle through the scenarios and possibilities before it came time to make a decicion. I believe that I made the right choice and I am happy that all turned out well.