So there I was . . .
Wednesday night, 10 March 2010, about 2130, I stopped at a Burger King
at Nokesville Road (Rte 28) and Pennsylvania Avenue in Prince William
County. I was open carrying, as is my wont. I have entered Burger
Kings and other fast food joints countless times all over the Northern
Virginia area without incident. Tonight was different, dear readers,
but not unpleasantly so.
The bored but affable young lady at the counter took my order, no
problem. But the manager, a flinty-eyed woman with a sour expression
on her face, was surveying me with ill-concealed hostility. She spoke
as I retrieved my order and asked with some beligerence: "Let me ask
you a question. Are you a police officer?"
I smiled, and answered "No, ma'am, I am not." I paused for the
anticipated follow-up question, but none was forthcoming; the
manager's expression just got darker, so I said nothing more and sat
down to eat.
Five minutes later, I saw the PWCP car roll up, headlights off, and
two officers enter the store. Here's the kicker. They never looked
askance at me, never asked me my name or business or why I thought I
needed a gun, or any of that nonsense. They didn't disarm me, prone me
out on the floor, or call me nasty names. Instead, both officers went
straight to the manager, who had once again returned to the front
counter to beckon them.
I could hear the manager hissing about the man with a gun, and one
officer asking, "Did he threaten anyone? Was he waving it around?"
Finally, he explained that my behavior was perfectly legal in
Virginia. Neither officer contacted me, or even so much as walked
around the tile barrier to see whether or what I was carrying. End of
As it should be. [PVC: AMEN.]
Kudos to the Prince William County Police officers who handled this
call with consummate professionalism and class.