Thugs in Taco Bell... (Long one)
Saturday night my girlfriend and I were grabbing a quick bite at Taco Bell before going to her parents place for a sit down talk with them. The restaurant was in her town which I'm not terribly familiar with. After eating we both went off to our respective restrooms.
Here's the setup. When exiting the restroom one walks down about a 20-foot hallway, at the end of which there is an exit immediately to your left. If you turn 90* right, the registers are on your right and another exit on the opposite side of the store. If you keep walking you run into a dining table awkwardly placed on this side of the chest high wall separating the ordering area from the dining area, not really sure why it was on this side.
As I enter the bathroom hallway I notice two young men, probably high school age eating at that table. I think nothing of them. When I exit the bathroom and walk down the hall I see a young black male, three young black males and who I took to be a couple girlfriends standing around the two white males previously mentioned. I then become privy to their quiet, yet heated conversation. Note that I'm parked right outside the door they're near.
"Man, I heard you pulled a gun on my homie. Shouldn't be doing that **** man."
At this point I want your opinions for what you would have done in this situation.
I paused for a moment and looked for my girlfriend who I determined to still be in the restroom, then skirted the wall to get to my table which was to the right around the dividing wall. Cleaned off the table while watching out of the corner of my eye and listening. Refilled my drink and stood waiting for her to come out. Their conversation continued though I only heard bits and pieces because they were being very quiet.
They dispersed a bit but stayed around that door. I kept an eye out because I didn't want anything happening to her when she came out. I heard the door open and moved around to meet her with the drinks, which she said she didn't want anymore. Tossed hers, grabbed her hand and quietly told her we'd be using the other door. She knows and is happy I carry, and will be getting her license soon enough. She apparently realized something was going on and followed without a word.
I never had reason to believe there was immediate danger, the conversation never got loud and no one looked particularly agitated though you could tell it was a fairly intense conversation. Once outside we walked around the front of the building and I unlocked and opened the door to the Jeep for her while I kept an eye on the group who had apparently moved outside while we were going around. As we pull out I see what appears to me to be a couple drug deals going down. Maybe I was just paranoid but there were several thug looking teenagers hanging around two cars, some sitting in the cars, some leaning in the windows of those cars. Given their previous discussion it wasn't a stretch for me to imagine it.
In hindsight I probably should have called the cops upon leaving given my suspicions, but I had a lot on my mind, and not just from the situation. Comments, critiques?
EDIT: I suppose I should mention I was carrying my M&P .40c IWB at 4:30 with a spare mag in a zipper pocket behind the regular front left pocket.