This is a discussion on "Interviewed" while walking the dog? within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by WebleyHunter - In the brief time I saw him in the moonlight, the guy did not appear to be a typical homeless ...
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- My dog is not very scary. He is a 12 year old hound/vizsla/ridgeback (???) mutt with a very cute hound face. He did not bark or growl during the encounter, just "perked" when the man approached (before I could see him). On the way back to the house, he also "perked" when a skunk crossed the trail. He is much better watchdog in the house...
- After we passed, I moved my Beretta from is pocket holster in my pants to my jacket pocket (hand on grip) and put the flashlight in the leash hand.
- I continued to "check my six" as we separated.
- Yes, he asked for 75 cents clear as day- no mumbling, stuttering, etc.
Weird night in Metro Denver last night. Similar thing happened to me last night, although much earlier. I posted the details.
Glad it worked out.
I had an odd experience walking to my Jeep in my apartment parking lot last spring (before I was 21 and thus before I had my CCDW). I work nights so I was getting in my car just after 11PM and an older african american man (I'd guess about 55, but he was bigger than me and looked like he'd had a lifetime of scrapping on the street) rolled into my parking lot on a bicycle, I looked up when I heard the bike tires crunching on the asphalt.
What really set me off was that the first words out of his mouth were "hey man, don't shoot" (again, I was unarmed). I responded by opening the rear, driver's side passenger door of my Jeep and getting behind it and flashing him with my light (Fenix PD31- 304 lumens). He put his hand up to block the light and I said "can I help you?". He responded with a story about how he was a couple bucks short for a beer at the bar on the corner, he just wanted money.
I told him I didn't have any, I waited until he was gone and then I got in my vehicle and left for work.
I get asked for money all the time, I live downtown near my college campus and most of the bums in the area see us college kids as easy targets. I stay alert but for the most part let it roll off me, I tell them I don't have anything and they leave me alone. This guy just put me on high alert because of how he initiated contact.
Glad everything went ok. Need to ramp up situational awareness. If I seen something I was uneasy about I would change my route and get away from potential trouble. Some may call us cowards for that. But you win the fight by not being there. And a larger caliber is in order. For ultra deep concealment my bottom caliber is my kel-tec p-32. Stay safe
Last person I saw shot with a .25 acp, it bounced off his forehead. It was a firefighter who was standing out on the apron in front of the station and a guy walking down the street took a pop shot at him. Good thing it was coming from across the street. Had it have been up closer, it might have penetrated. But then again, maybe not.
All it did was drop him to his knees and pissed him off. It also took a nice little divet out of his forehead. A bandaid and a skull x-ray was all he needed. Three other firefighters chased the guy down and beat the crap out of him until the police showed up and saved his butt.
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Because you are being "interviewed" for a "job" as a victim.Why do we use the word "interviewed" when what we mean is "being sized up/set up to bring our situational awareness force field down?"
Bumping works too. I do like your "Force Field" analogy.........
Him: "Do you have $.75?"
You: "No, but thanks for offering!"
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I agree with tcox4freedom,
I think the question about .75 cents was just a nervous reaction to the BG being thrown off by something you or your dog did...
Is there a club house with a soda machine/laundry mat in the direction he was walking (is this an apt complex or condo)?
Doesn't sound like the OP's guy was up to no good, but always good to have your SA about you.
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When I first moved to Atlanta I was pumping gas. Broad daylight, gas station located on a busy road. A car full of urban youths pull up next to the store and three get out. The first one asks me if I have a dollar for him. I see the other two circling on either side of me. I responded to the first that "no, I have nothing for you", I reached under my shirt to secure my Glock 19. The other two continue to circle to my sides. I tell the first, "I'm armed and you die first", at that point they retreat. I finish pumping gas and leave to find a cop. Explained to him what happened. He said that was an "interview" and I did the right thing. I hadn't heard that term before then.
". . .urban youths. . ." LOL! You get the PC prize for the day!
What's the wrong thing? Are they wanting you to open your wallet so they can see what you have in it?
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What can you get or do for $ .75 these days. Sounds like he just wanted to get you involved in a conversation, his requests would probably change in short order.
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