Incidents where your SA (or paranoia, or vigilance) has embarrassed you!
Not sure if this is the right area to post it, but I'll assume it is since I will be sharing a scenario (albeit embarrassing) with you. My question for y'all is this: Has your situational awareness, whether over the top or not, ever landed you in an embarrassing situation? I consider myself a bit paranoid when it comes to these things, because I always want to be on the safe side and NEVER be a victim, but this is one incident where I was trying to be vigilant/aware and ended up making an absolute fool of myself!
Before I was regularly armed, back when I was 18, I had just moved into my first apartment in a not-so-nice part of town. I had my fathers old 870, but I hadn't moved it into my place yet, and I hadn't begun carrying yet (for obvious, legal reasons). Anyway, one night as I was walking from my car to the back door with a bag of groceries in my hand, a man came out of the dark and approached me and asked for money. I told him I didn't have any (and I wasn't lying, I was broke and had just spent my last handful of dollars on Ramen and canned food). He kept approaching and I said loudly "I want you to leave now, I'm going inside" he cursed at me and began stumbling off.
I went inside and stepped out on the balcony (I lived on the second floor) to smoke a cigarette before heading to bed. I saw him lingering around the outside of the building before wandering back around to the rear of the building (where the door was). I went back inside and sat down and began to read when I heard a loud pounding at the door. I was sure it was the same guy and thought he'd broken in downstairs and wanted trouble. Being that I had no gun, I frantically tried to think of anything I could use to protect myself. So I grabbed a kitchen knife and a bottle of drano (haha, I know, but in my crazed 18 year old brain I thought I was about to be attacked). My plan was to open the door and if he attacked, I would spray drano in his face and use the knife. One more funny thing to note, I am in my boxers at this point as I was getting ready for bed.
So I go up to the door in my boxers carrying a gigantic kitchen knife and a bottle of drano, open it up cautiously, and it's the cute girl who I had a crush on who lived upstairs. She looks shocked and hands me a pair of sunglasses and says "uhh, I saw you drop these earlier today and just wanted to return them" and before I could say thanks she was already on her way back up stairs.
Obviously, even unarmed, I did MANY things wrong in this situation (like not asking who it was before opening the door, not alerting the police to the man outside, etc.) I have since wisened up quite a bit and have done extensive research on self-defense, etc. But this was a funny story I thought I'd share with y'all, and by all means, if any of you feel like sharing any stories, go right on ahead! :)