I was coming home on Christmas Eve when a car turned with me down my road. I live on a dead end road, so anyone who turns here is either lost or lives here. It was 7pm and dark. We don't have street lights, but I have an outdoor light above my garage.
I saw the car turn in at my driveway and stop. I decided to leave the garage door closed since my family was home. Got out of the truck with my surefire flashlight in hand and walked down my driveway to speak with the young man who had now exited his vehicle. I gave us about 20 feet distance.
He starts by politely saying good evening. Then asked if he can ask me a favor. (I never like when strangers start off that way, makes me more leary, like they are stalling) so I reach under my vest to place my thumb on my firearm and tell him "i'll try to help". He asks for directions back to the highway to WalMart. I give him instructions and tell him I just came from there, good luck. He thanks me and then says he's sorry if he alarmed me. I told him he was no trouble, and wished him a Merry Christmas.
I'm glad it turned out to be harmless. What a bad idea to follow someone into their driveway in the dark especially when I'm just down the road from a McDonalds and a small shopping center. I guess I was sending out much stronger signals than I realized because he was able to pick up on my hightened state. Who knows, maybe he was a criminal and decided to pick an easier target.