Recent OC Experience

Recent OC Experience

This is a discussion on Recent OC Experience within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Thought this might interest some: I had cause to go into a local convenience store Monday night at about 0030hrs. I was OC'ing, as usual ...

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    Recent OC Experience

    Thought this might interest some:

    I had cause to go into a local convenience store Monday night at about 0030hrs. I was OC'ing, as usual and went up to the counter to ask the lady how much she charged for a cup of water. She told me the price, then after looking at my beautiful sidearm, asked me: "Are you an Officer?" I told her I wasn't anymore and she told me that unless I was a cop, I couldn't carry my pistol in the store.
    She told me it was store policy and it was posted on the window. I opened the door, looked all over the front of the store and told her there wasn't a sign in sight. Her reply was: "Well, there's supposed to be! It says 'Hunters Please Leave Firearms In Vehicle' so you can't carry in here."
    I told her that with the way the sign was worded and per state law, she now had to prove that I'm hunting or going hunting in order for the sign to pertain to me. I then asked the reason for the policy, she told me she was afraid I was gonna rob the place. That made me laugh.
    I then went on to explain that if a person was going to rob the store, he (or she) would do it anyways, policy be damned. Matter of fact, our quaint little city here had a casino robbed no long ago, just down the road from this store. She didn't say any more and I told her that if her policy was as she stated, I would be taking my business elsewhere until such time as it was changed.
    I wrote a nice glowing letter to the manager and went in on Wednesday to give it to him and discuss the issue further with him. He was as friendly a person as you could ever ask for. He told my friend and I that he didn't have a problem with it at all and to feel free to carry in there any time we wanted. The only request he had was that we give him about a week to update his employees about the policy.
    It started out rough, but it turned into a victory for our side!! If you'd like, y'all can check out the letter I gave to the manager, I'll attach it on here too!!

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    Good Job, and a great example for the rest of us to follow...

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    Opportunities to educate the ignorant arise frequently with open carry. Whether that is a factor in our choosing to carry openly, we must make the effort. Good job!

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    Nice job. When people have an irrational fear of weapons jumping out of holsters it would seem the best way to handle oneself is exactly in the manner you did. The letter was a nice touch as well.

    If that didn't work, you could give them a link to this video. ;)

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    I was with him at the time this happened. as a matter of fact with in 24 hours the other Town Pump accross town heard about Most of what had Happend.

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    Good job indeed. Great example. In this case I think I too would not have even seen that sign since it would not have registered with me, I am not a hunter.

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    Great! She actually thought that the store policy would protect her from robbers. That is hilarious.

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    Great example for the rest of us to follow, good job.
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    Great letter Education scares the sheep
    When will they realize that there idea of safety is crazy
    GUN CONTROL= I WANT TO BE THE ONE IN CONTROL OF THE GUN

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

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    I travel to Billings once a year on business, what a great state to visit!!!

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    Nice work and good letter.

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    Super job, excellent letter. This letter might even convince some of the firearm-phobes in my great state of Chaos, er, Wisconsin

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    Did they have a 'problem' with hunters carrying their rifles into the store? Sheesh!
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    Nice that you took the time to politely change a 'policy' that didn't make sense in the first place.

    I am always amused that people can even begin to believe that a sign will actualy make things safer.

    Stay armed...with more than a sign...stay safe!
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    I appreciate all the accolades about my letter. I try, in cases like that, to be as polite but firm as possible. I figure it's easier and safer that way!!
    In a crisis you don't rise to the occasion but rather default to your level of training!

    Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting!
    -John W. Creasy (Man on Fire)

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