Totally, I think you did very well, however you should have gone into the store to "ask the attendant for assistance in calling a tow service" AKA get ready to call 911
This is a discussion on 2 man team "Interviewed" me in NoVA within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm pretty sure I was just assessed by a 2-man team when I stopped for gas in Leesburg on my way home. I had just ...
I'm pretty sure I was just assessed by a 2-man team when I stopped for gas in Leesburg on my way home.
I had just started pumping the gas when I spotted a guy out of the corner of my eye headed my way. My attire was an untucked button-up shirt and bluejeans and a pair of oakley's effectively holding my hair up and back.
Anywho...Guy #1 arrives and strikes up a conversation. Basically says he needs directions to the Expo Center. I give him my directions as best I can, keeping it short and to the point. At the end he thanked me and then "hit me up" for an internet business plan - Yeah I know talk about my radar going blip blip blip. So I try my best to wrap up with this guy and he starts to walk away and as he reached his car parked just at the other end of the station(currently my 12oclock) I noticed he NODDED! There were a few other cars around, but for the most part there was no one else there. Who or what was he nodding to? Within seconds of his "nod" a second guy(Guy# 2) approaches from back around my 8 oclock asking for a "jump"(presumably a jump-start of a dead battery). I told him sure I'd help jump, but I don't have cables. He immediately yelled across the station to Guy #1 that was just getting into his car, and asked him for jump cables.
I decided to help just in case it was legit, but kept my guard up. I pulled my car over around to this guy's truck and popped my hood. He mentions that he forgot and left his lights on while he was in McD's and must have burned the battery (HIGH ALERT!!!). I remembered seeing this truck pull in after I did and he NEVER went in McDonalds! About this time Guy#1 shows back up with the Jump cables. I kept them on my weak side and went around to my drivers side to start my car back up.
At that point while in my car I did what everyone here calls the "Virginia-Tuck". So I got back out of the car and approached Guy#1 and took one end of the cables while Guy#2 hooked them up to his own battery. Here's the kicker: When I hooked up my side I kept them on my weak side and when I attached the clips, I attached the red to positive, but when neither were looking directly at me, connected the Black to a PLASTIC CLIP! It never completed the circuit (did this on purpose). So I told him to "start 'er up" and turned so it was obvious what was on my strong side (1911). Both of them had that glazed look so it was clear they saw it. Anyway, Guy#2 got back in his truck and MAGICALLY it started!!!
He got back out and thanked me and the Guy#1 and we all parted ways. I find it interesting though that they both split pretty fast!
So what do y'all think? Was I interviewed for sheep status or what?
They may have been looking to jack your car!
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That the way to stay alert.
And I am glad to hear you are o.k.
Scary... good to hear that the mere sight of your gun was enough.
Sounds like a classic ''interview'' - exploring you as possible victim.
Was that the Sheetz in Leesburg? - Little ways down from red light on main drag? I stopped for gas there some time ago en route to Dulles - and recall spotting some shady characters ... wonder if that's a popular scamming location.
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Next time go with your gut feeling and get out of there. 2 to 1 is not good odds, gun or not. glad everything turned out o.k.
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way to be alert, while at the same time trying to help the guy out, in case it was legit. Trying to be helpful and friendly to strangers, while not walking into a trap is always a difficult balance.
Did you call it in to local LE? May give them some idea as to whom to look for.
No criticism of your actions but it sure seemed like you wanted to be in a precarious situation perhaps to show them you weren't a sheep.
I agree with Self Defense. Once Guy #2 hit up Guy #1 for cables I would have said my work here is done. You two guys look like you can handle it, see ya. Just to amuse myself I may have told guy #2 to watch out for the internet scam guy #1 was pitching.
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