I may have posted this a while back. If I did, please delete it.
I may mention I am a older (was 55 then) and smaller man (5-7) and may appear to be an easy mark.
A few years ago, I was active in Coast Guard Auxiliary and boating safety. I had to travel to a town about 50 miles away to do some stuff for them. I was in a full "working" uniform. My vehicle was low on fuel, so I stopped at a filling station about a mile from the house. I pumped the fuel and went inside to pay. There were three young men, whos style (and shabbyness) of dress said "trouble" loitering inside. They appeared to be friends with the young man behind the counter. When I walked in, one trurned toward me and said "Hey, Coast Guard, how many druggies did you bust today?" And one took a step toward me.
I had my money in my left hand and my right went into the front pocket and wrapped around the grip on my Colt Mustang 380. My trigger finger was outside the trigger guard and the gun was condition 1, and ready to draw.
I said, forcefully: "Hey, back off, my speciality is Search and Rescue, so why don't you get lost"
They backed away, and I paid.
After returning home, I got the area manager on the phone for that brand and had a talk with him, about how loiterers are allowed to "hang out". The young man who was behind the counter, wasn't there the next day.
Now, heres the sticky part: As a volunteer, I am not authorized to be "armed". My state permit covers me, however, I was in a CG uniform. Get the picture? I would have had a lot of explaining to do if I had to use the gun.
1. I do not travel in uniform
2. I use a credit card for all fuel and don't go inside any station, unless I need something there.
3. I have a greater S.A. once into a station, before putting in the card. A couple of times, something did not feel right, and my little voice said "Get the %^&* out of here, now. I have learned to listen to my little voice.
4. At night, I don't stop at the small (read--7-11 size) stations. I go to larger, well lit stations.