An event tonight made me think--approached from behind
I got dinner at Panera Bread tonight around 8PM. The other half didn't want to go inside, so she waited in the car while I got our takeout sandwiches. I usually don't like anyone being in the car alone, especially at night. I had my Kahr CW9 on me, so if someone had approached the car, she would have been unarmed.
After I got the food, I returned to the car, opened the door, handed her the food, and sat down. Before I could get my feet in the car, a young guy (16-20) approached me on bike and asked if I could give him a few bucks for food. I replied "I'm sorry, I cannot" and he peddled off.
This event made me think a bit... He approached me in a way that I could not see him from inside of the car unless I turned around. The entrance to this part of the parking lot is at an angle. Luckily he didn't get very close to my car. Another positive thing is that I wasn't fully in the car. I find it very hard to unholster from an IWB while inside the car. I usually open carry and always unholster and keep the pistol in the cup holder in the center console so it's accessible and more comfortable to drive. Luckily it was a non-event, even though I REALLY dislike someone approaching me asking for a handout.
The scenario: What if the guy had pulled a gun... What would you have done? Me, I would probably just give him the cash unless there was a way I could have drawn without him realizing. I suppose that since my feet were outside, my back was not showing, I might have been able to do this without him seeing. Still, it would be hard to get a shot off . I guess one could get a shot off when the robber was distracted by taking the wallet. Most of the time, these robberies are quick, but sometimes they like to eliminate witnesses or even try to abduct people.
I'm attaching a map with a circle of where I was parked and where the only entrance to this part of the parking lot is (probably how he came in). I'll also put a blue blip of where the guy on the bike was when he asked me about cash. I was parked facing the north-west part of the map, so he came up on my driver side. After asking, he just went straight, to the left of the Panera Bread.
1) Other half no longer allowed in the car alone.
2) I might start unholstering and keeping the gun within reach in the center console when CC'ing.
3) Just be more aware of my surroundings.