Do you think this guy was a sheriff?
My wife and I ate at Culver's the other afternoon. For those who are unfamiliar, it's a fast-food place that has more options and better food than typical fast-food joints. Anyway, just before we left this guy came into the place and got in line to order something to go. He ended up leaving about the same time we did. I'm going to describe him and I'm seeking opinions on whether you think he is a sheriff or not. This is not a trick question, and I don't know the answer. I'll probably never see him again, so I'll probably never know. Here's my description of him:
About 6' 3", perhaps 220 lbs. with a 30-lb gut.
Dressed in a sloppy black t-shirt with the word "SHERIFF" in grey 8" letters across the back.
T-shirt was tucked into a pair of old jeans.
Had an auto on his right hip at 3:00. Couldn't get a good look at it, but it may have been a Glock.
Brown boots, not pointy cowboy boots, but the ones with round-point toes which pull on.
In his back left pocket he had a pair of handcuffs. No case. Just the cuffs. I should say he had one cuff in the back pocket because the other was dangling outside his pocket, slapping him in the rear with every step he took.
He was 40-45, medium-length hair that looked as if it hadn't been cut in a while.
Something about his mannerisms didn't seem right. He was sauntering around and may have been trying to draw attention to himself.
When he left, he got into a brown, older model Chevy van with regular plates.
I'm not trying to be critical of this guy in my description. He was sloppy looking, and the handcuffs hanging out of his back pocket looked very unprofessional to me. I've never seen a sheriff look so unprofessional.
My wife doesn't think he was a sheriff and was very uncomfortable around this guy (we passed by the line and counter on the way out, and he left about the same time we did). At the time, I thought he might be an off-duty sheriff, but as I was remembering the incident later, I realized I had tunnel-vision on this guy. Something just didn't seem right. The sloppy handcuffs bothered me, as well as his mannerism. I wondered if he was a cop wannabe.
As a side note, it give me an opportunity to talk to my wife about the advantages of concealed carry, how I knew he was armed, but he had no idea I was armed. She wouldn't admit it, but I think she was glad I was armed.
I'm not trying to be critical of sheriffs, or undercover LEO's who dress sloppy to look the part. I don't think this guy can be considered undercover since he was wearing a SHERIFF t-shirt.
What do you think? Does this guy's dress match the dress of any sheriffs you know? Have you ever seen anyone carry handcuffs in this manner? I could have misinterpreted his mannerisms, and they are also hard to convey in print. So based on his dress alone, what do you think?