We had a doctor appointment this morning for our son at Riley's Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. After we were done we were headed home and my wife and son and I all were a little hungry and we decided to stop at our son's favorite place to eat, Subway. We stopped at one in Plainfield Indiana.
As we pulled into the lot, I noticed what I thought to be a larger number, 6 or more, of police cars in the lot and figured the Plainfield PD must be having lunch the same time we were.
As we walked in, I saw 3 uniformed police officers and a whole bunch of cadets from the local police academy there all having lunch. I had on jeans and a mustard colored T-shirt, with my Glock 23 on OC on my right hip in a Blackhawk SERPA with a spare mag on my left hip. It was VERY apparent that all of them saw my openly carried gun as we walked in so I wasn't sure what to expect.
As we walked through the place to get to the end of the line, one of the uniformed officers, kind of young guy, asked me if I thought I really needed that in there obviously eluding to the fact that it was like a cop convention in there at the moment. I simply asked him if he and his friends were going to hang around until we were done eating and then escort us to our car to make sure were were safe. His two fellow officers kind of laughed at that and the guy who asked the question just told me to lighten up that he was just kidding and that it was pretty apparent that I was one of the good guys.
In addition to the cadets, a couple of the instructors were there with them. One was armed with a Glock 22 in a SERPA just like mine and he came over as were sitting down and complimented me on my choice of holster and gun and pointed it out to the cadets and said to take note and to remember this because they would come into contact with armed civilians in their time on the street. He then told me thanks for the teaching opportunity.
All in all a very good experience with one of the local PD's.