This is a discussion on Am I paranoid, or cautious? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Cation for sure. The other day was in class for work when our teacher was told of his 27year tenure to the company was done ...
Cation for sure. The other day was in class for work when our teacher was told of his 27year tenure to the company was done at the end of the week. I then instantly started to scout cover entry\exit points (options). I say well done for you to notice things such as seating.
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“Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.” Jeff Cooper
I tend to operate in condition yellow while I am awake. Saturday we decided to head out for dinner and try a Mexican restaurant. Unfortunately they were closed, we drove around and found a decent looking place not far away and since it was almost 8:00 and we were getting hungry we tried it.
The food wasn't bad, huge portions, reasonably priced but a few of the folks in there had me in Neon Orange. Hubby noticed me watching and asked witch one. I told him black leather jacket and dirty hair, he knew immediately who. The guy kept walking in a big circle all around the restaurant and bar areas, stopping here and there for a few minutes, staring at people. He strolled around a corner and locked on to the table we were sitting at. I looked straight back at him, making him well aware I knew he was staring, and nothing, he kept staring, after about 5 minutes he wandered off to stare at another table. At that point he had his back to me and I kept one eye on him. watching him make his rounds.
After we finished eating one guy who had been sitting at the bar since we came, decides it's time to get up and dance in the aisle. I say dance but it more like trying to dance and keep his balance at the same time. By this time my radar is squealing and it seems like everybody in the place can hear it. We quickly paid the bill, I got my jacket on partially zipped, tucked my cover shirt against my side, firearm exposed by the shirt, but covered by the jacket, my folding knife in my hand in my weak side jacket pocket, ready to open, and we beat feet for the door. We were parked about 20 feet from the door, under good light, and looked out toward the car to see what was between us and the car, clear, let's go. To our left, there was some guy trying to help a drunk girl get into a car, and not having much success.
We left with no trouble and added the place to the "No Way Again" list.
I always keep my head up and check out what is going on in any new place we go, nothing seemed out of the ordinary when we got there, but that sure changed quick.
I'm not sure I would have called that paranoid, just a good learning experience.
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Never ask a bunch of gun enthusiast (nuts) that question. Of course they are going to say no way. By the way, I also try to set where I can see my truck in the parking lot.
With all due respect, where I sit is my choice, not the restaurant's or the hostess'. If the section where I choose to sit has more filled tables than another, then any problem with service to that section is the management's problem to solve, not mine. As the paying customer, my seating desire takes precedent over any service delivery problems.
If there are NO tables available where I want to sit, then that is another matter, and I then have to decide which is more important, immediate seating or my desired seating.
In the past few years, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I have been told "I'm sorry, we can't seat you there". By and large, restaurants are eager to meet customer's (especially repeat customers) requests, even if it means a less busy server covers a table in a section adjacent to her's occasionally.
Last edited by Majorlk; February 8th, 2010 at 02:34 PM.
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein
Definitely cautious. I'm the same way, I always am aware and like to know whats happening around me.
I always select my seat, and if the right one is not available...I wait.
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Good job, good choice, good work. Thats how one stays aware and alive to tell about it.
It is good to be aware of your surroundings! I perfer to know where trouble is coming from and there is nothing like a "birds eye" view or a location such as what you descirbed.
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They use to call me paranoid too. If you are paranoid, then we are at least two of them
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No deprivation. The workload will adjust to accommodate, even though customers are not reseated to achieve it. The alternative would be gross imbalance, in which a few servers would sit idle, while Johnnie works 3x that of others. Won't happen, for long.By requesting to sit in someone else's section, you may be depriving someone else of your tip and....and you may have to wait longer for service ...
As for waiting longer, it's just as likely to wait less, on the instant of such a request, prior to the adjustment in assignments. Who's to say. In the long run, it'll likely balance out.
All of which is largely irrelevant to the goal: sit where it's most comfortable and accommodating to the goal(s). Remember, we're the customers. And there are plenty of seats and servers. It's not a difficult accommodation. And if it's safer, risking the displeasure of a few anonymous internet types seems a small price to pay.