Sorry, my post was aimed at those criticizing you and not your reaction. I believe that you have every right to let people know you wish to be left alone and that they should honor that wish.Originally Posted by noway2;2143771[B]Michael, you must either be clairvoyant or have eyes in the back of your head because your response requires a priori information that I didn't have[/B]. I had no idea of what this individual approaching me looked like or what they wanted until I heard them. My initial response was to put my hand out low, and say, "I can't help you" at which point I then turned around and noticed them continuing to advance on me over my obvious declaration of this being contrary to my wishes. This is when I told them to stop. Knowledge of their attire, aka the hoodie with the hood up, or the contents of their hand did not come until after this initial encounter.
Over last couple of work days I have been paying close attention to the area surrounding the incident. I drive right past, actually through, the area where this occurred. There are only about 8-10 cars (5 parking rows) aligned head on into each other that I would have passed and viewed (a prerequisite to looking for a spot) on my way to a parking spot and it would be difficult to not notice someone in the immediate area. My curiosity as to where they were located when this happened is increasing. While it is possible that I was distracted to the point of SA being in the toilet, it would be uncommon for me to be that oblivious. Given the totality of the circumstances, including the direction in which this young lady left, the distance that they covered without approaching anyone else, and the "hobo huddle" with a person who also appeared from an unusual area, I am not convinced that this was a fully wholesome encounter. This too leaves me wondering if the hoodie, which is still uncharacteristic attire for most of the local denizens, was up for concealment or for warmth?
Speaking of profiling and the stupid hoodie, yes, I will profile. Your appearance does matter. You can scream every prejudice card in the book, but it isn't going to change it. Just like the guy last night in the grocery store who stood there looking like he was pissed off and had a low intelligence while his wife (?) was arguing with the cashier about WIC not allowing an item that they wanted to buy and them not wanting to pay for it otherwise. They had my attention even though I appeared to be idly looking at the magazines while waiting for them to finish before unloading my items.