Had quite a scare last night! (kinda long)

Had quite a scare last night! (kinda long)

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    Had quite a scare last night! (kinda long)

    So, I was sitting on the couch last night with my girlfriend. We were watching tv and it was about 7PM. We live in a new subdivision in south Austin and never, EVER have unannounced visitors.

    All of a sudden the doorknob on our front door starts going crazy. Someone was twisting it like mad for about two seconds before we realized that it wasn't the knocker on the door making all the noise.

    I swear to god my heart stopped for a second... Austin as a whole is a relatively safe city, but parts of south Austin are... let's say "eventful."

    We jumped up from the couch at the same time as I told my gf, "Get upstairs!" You see, I'm one of the few guys on this board who don't carry at home, period. As soon as I get home my pistol and holster come off and get placed on the bedside table. My xd40sc was sitting upstairs while some idiot was trying to get into my house!

    So there we were, racing up the stairs when the person outside started using the knocker. We both froze in the stairwell with a 'What the ____?' look on our faces. The knocking stopped, so I sneaked down to the door and looked through the peephole (stupid, I know... but adrenaline was virtually screaming through my body).

    Who do I see on the front porch but a ten or eleven-year-old girl. The porch is laid out so that no one else could have been hiding nearby, so I cracked open the door.

    Me (panting, with eyes wide open): "What do you want?!"

    Little girl: "Yes, my mom cuts hair and if anyone here wants their hair cut you can just call her or some on over. Here's her card."

    Me (staring at her for about 5 seconds): "Yeah... thanks..." Then she left.

    Oh man, I was furious... if I'd been thinking clearly I would have told her to never never never try to open people's houses at night in Texas... or anywhere for that matter! What kind of parent lets a kid go around like that at night?

    Lessons learned:
    1) Someone tried to open my door 10 feet from me while my pistol lay probably 50 feet away UPSTAIRS. Needless to say, my XD is on my hip as I type this in the same spot where I was sitting last night.
    2) There's no proof that this little girl wasn't casing houses for her big brother or ne'er-do-well crazy uncle. I don't recognize her and I don't trust her.

    So, thoughts?


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    Sending her 11 year old daughter door to door in a neighborhood where she is not known is just stupid to begin with.

    I would call the number on the card and let the mom know that she should talk to her daughter about trying to open people's doors and then see how much she charges for a #2 Fade. :)

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    Legitimate? Maybe.

    But gun all that way away - bad juju! You just never know.
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    Nice that it was a non-event that taught you to carry, even at home. I'm the same way in that nobody comes to our house unannounced at night so I carry 24/7 as the saying goes.
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    Sounds like you got a freebee! Live and learn.

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    I would call that mother and give her an earful.
    Does she not know children go missing when knocking on stranger doors...muchless tryign to open their door before actually knocking.

    As well why in the world would she have that child out by herself unescorted knocking on doors doing such work?
    I would not do business with a person like that and I'd tell her as much too.

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    Those girl scouts scare the crap out of me every time!


    Really though, after it was over I think I would be more scared for the girl than myself. If momma's to lazy to advertise her side business herself or is willing to risk her daughter to make a few extra bucks, I dont think I want her touching my precious locks.
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    We had a BG's girl freind caseing houses and after he broke in she would walk up and down with a walkie talkie and acted as a look out. Sinse the 11 year old girl tryed your door knob first she could have been looking for an unlocked door I say this because you don't know the girl or have seen her around. It sure sounds fishy to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    I would call that mother and give her an earful.
    Does she not know children go missing when knocking on stranger doors...muchless tryign to open their door before actually knocking.

    As well why in the world would she have that child out by herself unescorted knocking on doors doing such work?
    I would not do business with a person like that and I'd tell her as much too.

    - Janq
    I agree. It infuriates me to see parents with their heads still so far gone into their backside.

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    I'd make the call to the number on the card.. try a reverse number search to see if it shows a name or other info or an address... Then talk to the parents of you desire..If nothing shakes lose......you've just been cased and are pretty lucky to have gotten thru it. if possible, let your neighbors know what took place, even if it's one of em that's lookin to "aquire your assests" I won't mention being armed, as that's what they may be looking for in the first place..(weapons) Ever vigilance is key.. You're now on alert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    I would call that mother and give her an earful.
    Does she not know children go missing when knocking on stranger doors...muchless tryign to open their door before actually knocking.

    As well why in the world would she have that child out by herself unescorted knocking on doors doing such work?
    I would not do business with a person like that and I'd tell her as much too.

    - Janq
    Another +1. I'm glad for all concerned that all were safe, but I truly do worry for this young lady's safety if she continues this practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrchun View Post
    All of a sudden the doorknob on our front door starts going crazy.
    Consider installing a little light-beam thingamabob 10ft+ from the door, so that you get an announcement in advance of the door being approached. Someone crosses the beam and you get a ding-ding-ding inside.

    Good on ya, for wearing the holstered weapon (now). You never, ever know what will transpire. Better safe than sorry.
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    that you now understand the need to carry at home?

    If not on my person, it is within 2'...in any room...right now, it's on the computer table next to me...

    Stay armed...stay safe!

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    Get dogs!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by obxned View Post
    Get dogs!!!

    Ha, yeah... my two Siamese cats were not much help at all!

    I do have a mind to call the number on the card if I could only find it... I seem to have misplaced it.

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