I believe I was interviewed today by a prospective criminal. Then again, I could be wrong and I could have just been paranoid. Either way, I'm pleased with the outcome. So here's what happened:
I go to class at Wayne State University in downtown Detroit. It was about 8:15, getting kind of dark outside, and not too many people walking around. I was walking toward one of the parking structures where my car was parked. I was about half a block from the structure when I spotted a guy standing on the corner in front of the entrance. At first I just thought he was waiting for a bus, but then I noticed that he was asking people for change. Now, this guy wasn't a bum; he was wearing a nice, clean Carhartt jacket and some Timberland boots-nicer clothes than I can afford (granted I'm a broke college student and I'd rather buy guns than cloths, but I digress) and he's asking for 50 cents. At this point, my radar is up so I make sure not to get too close to this guy, but I have to go past him to get into the structure. I keep at least 10-15 feet between me and him and keep my eyes on him. He asks me for the 50 cents, and I decide to give him the benefit of the doubt and put my hand into my pocket for some change. At this point, he starts acting nervous and looking around and puts his hand in his pocket. So instead of grabbing change, I put my hand on my folder and tell him no. He stands there for a minute looking me over, and says "thanks anyway" and turns away. Since his back was to me, I figured it was safe to go and I went into the structure and up to my car, keeping an eye on him until I was in the elevator with the door closed, then I drove home.
This was the first time something like this has happened to me. I think I did alright, though about half an hour later I realized I probably should have called the campus police and reported this guy. I just hope I don't hear about someone getting robbed or attacked on campus tomorrow. I'd like to hear your thoughts and suggestions on this. Thanks!