"Interviewed" while walking the dog?
This just happened about an hour ago, so I may be overreacting a bit...
For over 9 years, I have regularly taken the dog for late night walks near my home in west Arvada. Occasionally, you will meet somebody doing the same thing, or somebody just out for a stroll. Tonight was beautiful, with a nearly full moon and a comfortable temp in the 40's. As we walked along a trail that separates the privacy-fenced backyards of a 1970's neighborhood and an industrial park, my dog alerted to something ahead on the sidewalk. Not surprisingly, a man materialized into view as we approached. After exchanging "Hello" and doing a "turkey dance" on which side of the path we would pass, he hit me with "Do you have 75 cents?". I somewhat stumbled in my response, really not expecting such a question in this part of town at 10:45 in the evening. I said "Sorry, I don't have anything on me right now", and we both continued in opposite directions. Nothing was threatening, but the whole situation was very odd for the area. Had I been on Colfax or the 16th Street Mall in Denver, I would have been fully expecting such an encounter, but NOTHING like this has occurred in the area before. I did end up calling the non-emergency police number with a brief description of the individual in case there had been prior reports of issues in the neighborhood.
Some additional notes about the event:
- There was NO WAY I was going to dig out my wallet to give this guy ANYTHING.
- I guess I could have lit him up with my 200 lumen flashlight, but I did really see the need at the time
- If things did go south, I had my new .25 Beretta 950BS (9 x Fiocchi 50 gr FMJ) and a .22 NAA Mini (5 x Winchester Super Speed 40 gr LRN), so I was far from unarmed.
Do you folks think I was being interviewed and set-up for something more nefarious, or just encountered an idiot looking for some easy spare change?
I welcome your comments.