Caught off guard

Caught off guard

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    Caught off guard

    I ran into a situation back a few weeks ago when a co-worker and I went to lunch together. As we were leaving I thought I would be a nice guy and proceeded to pay for his lunch before he had a chance to. As we walked up to the cashier I opened my wallet and I guess I wasn't paying attention to the fact that he was looking over my shoulder. He happened to notice my CCW license (Indiana's happen to be pink and easy to spot). He commented, "oh, you have one of those huh...where's your gun? " The question really caught me off guard. I just kinda shrugged it off without really answering him. I said something along the lines of, "just because I have a license doesn't necessarilly mean I'm carrying does it?" He just gave me that look like, "yeah sure, whatever you say". First of all, I quess I felt like it was really bad manners to make a comment like that. I also felt like I didn't know this person well enough to know what he would do with that kind of information, (i.e.: Hey, guess whose's packing heat, etc.) I guess in the future I will be more careful who is looking over my shoulder when I pull out my wallet. I have since moved my CCW license to the inside compartment of my wallet. I am making too big a deal over this or should I have told him he needs to mind his own business.
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    You've been made. Just make sure you tell him that you like to keep some things to yourself and he should respect that.

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    You should have told him, "At home in the safe". My carry permits are carried in a ID holder that comes with a lot of wallets. I have 2, one holds my drivers license and Military ID. The other holds my permits. No one is going to see them unless I pull the holder out.

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    Mine has since moved to the inside slot so that no one can see it unless I pull it out.
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    keep mine out of sight of prying eyes, people are very nosy. It was very rude for him to comment, for one it says hey I'm looking in your wallet. I would have made him pay his own way after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Headshrinker View Post
    I have since moved my CCW license to the inside compartment of my wallet.
    Good lesson. Some guys have paid a bigger price because they allowed their license to be seen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Headshrinker View Post
    I am making too big a deal over this
    No, you're not making too big a deal over this, especially since he's a coworker. You never know who he will tell.

    Maybe he was a jerk, maybe he was just making conversation, or maybe he was truly interested.

    Quote Originally Posted by Headshrinker View Post
    should I have told him he needs to mind his own business.
    I think you did well to downplay it. Had you responded harshly, it might have given credence to his belief you were carrying.

    To be safe, you might want to anticipate managerial attention at work next week if this guy has a big mouth.

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    I was in VA a few weeks back and out on a country road. A Cop was stopping traffic looking for ID. I had My Drivers license and Permit in a holder back to back. I pulled it out and the permit was showing and I flipped it over to take out the DL. The Cop said what was that and I said that was a pistol permit for CT and He said fine You still got snow up there. He was fine and We had a nice chat. I looked in my mirror and there was a line of cars behind Me. I said I better let You get back to it. Told Him be safe and I was on My way. I moved the permit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headshrinker View Post
    As we walked up to the cashier I opened my wallet and I guess I wasn't paying attention to the fact that he was looking over my shoulder. He happened to notice my CCW license ...
    In my wallet, there's a little "window" pocket that holds a couple of cards. The outward facing one is my driver's license; the next is my OR CHL, facing away; and the third is my UT CHL, facing forward. That way, even if someone looks, even if I were to be pulling out the driver's license or even the whole wad of them, a person would only see the blank/back of the CHL's. Works very well.
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    I keep mine behind a debit card,it looks like another credit card in the pocket
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    Thanks for the heads up from Grady about managerial attention. I already anticipated that and am being careful for a few weeks.
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    "Where is your gun?" is not a smart question for somebody to ask you when you are standing in front of a cashier.

    You're lucky that the cashier didn't hit a silent alarm on you and your friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    "Where is your gun?" is not a smart question for somebody to ask you when you are standing in front of a cashier.

    You're lucky that the cashier didn't hit a silent alarm on you and your friend.
    AGREED, plus whenever I had a private moment with this guy I'd explained that to him clearly.

    He's pretty nosy huh?
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    Military ID

    I have my retired military id on top, then driver's license, then the CPL. You would not believed the confused looks I get on the military id. I like it there as it was a lot harder to get then the driver's license.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecbaatz View Post
    I have my retired military id on top, then driver's license, then the CPL. You would not believed the confused looks I get on the military id. I like it there as it was a lot harder to get then the driver's license.
    Get away from a military town and a lot of people have no idea what it is. I've had mine refused as ID before. Was told I had to have a valid ID, that the retired military ID was not valid. Of course even on a base it can get stupid. I still carry my original retired ID card issued in 94, laminated paper ID with photo on it. I had a clerk at the Ft. Lee commissary tell I needed to get a new ID card because mine would not scan in their computer cash register system.
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