Who else scopes out shooting lines in stores?

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    Who else scopes out shooting lines in stores?

    I automatically check out where the cash register is in relation to the doors, what doors robbers are likely to use (or could use), where the cover and concealment is, where crowds of customers are likely to gather, etc whenever I enter a store or restaurant, and take that into consideration while picking a seat in a restaurant.

    The Seattle WTO riots started me thinking about loons smashing the windows at the McD I hit for lunch sometimes, and how to react to a takeover by armed invaders. (I'm toast if they come in all three doors and no one else is carrying, unless I sit in one particular area.)

    Who else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillep Harding View Post
    I automatically check out where the cash register is in relation to the doors, what doors robbers are likely to use (or could use), where the cover and concealment is, where crowds of customers are likely to gather, etc whenever I enter a store or restaurant, and take that into consideration while picking a seat in a restaurant.

    Who else?
    Every cop in the world. Watch cops eat, their eyes never stop moving, and when two cops eat, they NEVER look at each other. Scan for threat, watch people's movements. Get careless, get hurt.

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    I watch the surrounding areas of ANY place I go. When in the supermarket, I do watch to see who walks in...in fact upon entering, I always scan to see the manager's office and desk area, and the cashier's faces. Does anyone look tense?
    When I leave, my right hand is always free. I scan the front door and parking lot area closely.
    The bank in this little 'mini-mall' area was robbed last year, so things can definitely happen.

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    It’s been decades since I carried a badge and worked the streets of southern California. However, I still find myself accessing people, places and vehicles as though I’m still on the job. Granted, I’m not as streetwise as yesterday and my softer lifestyle has taken its toll. Anyway, I never face away from the door in a restaurant; I always look closely at people’s eyes, shoes and fingernails. I instinctively memorize license plates when stopped in traffic and I’m always thinking of an exit strategy; figuratively and literally.
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    Excellent thread.

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    I do that all the time. When my dad and I eat we face eachother, and watch all around us constantly. Although sometimes we argue who gets to face the door. A female friend and I(former Girlfriend) also do this, the only down side is I can't convince her to carry too. Heck my whole family never really is in condition white as they say. Its part training part how I was raised.
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    Good to think about. I do this often but not always. Have you ever been scanning an area and suddenly become aware that another person was scanning you? The two times it happened I checked for expressions in eyes, checked hands, nails and clothing. I assume the other person did same cause satisfied, we both continued eating.

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    I've been more aware since taking my CCW class, and reading some books on body language, etc. This is a great thread! I haven't thought to scan "shooting lines" in a store so much as watch other people, exits and entrances, etc.

    I have to ask though -- why look at fingernails?
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    My girlfriend has become very accustomed to me watching others and watching entrances when we go places. Starting a few months ago, when we go out to eat at a sit down place, she always asks if I want the seat that can see the door/other people.
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    I always try to look for a out if possible if not cover &back is to the wall if can do!!
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    Alll the time. I worked as a Exec. Protection Specialist years ago, and have made such behaviors a habit that continues now. Drove my wife crazy at first, but now she lives the SA way too!
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    i am always watching and looking around at people i love sitting in the mall and watch people
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    ...I always look closely at people’s eyes, shoes and fingernails....
    "Shoes and fingernails"?

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    Eyes and hands I understand...not fingernails.
    I drive my wife crazy. The VERY few times we go downtown, she walks on the outside away from buildings. Being a lefty that puts her on my strong side. No handholding.
    When we're at the malls...I move where she's on my weak side.
    I refuse to try anything on until I get home.
    I leave a large gap between my car and the car in front of me at stoplights in case something happens I can drive away
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillep Harding View Post
    "Shoes and fingernails"?
    Same question. What are we looking for?

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