"Asked to leave" Best Buy today

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankinNM View Post
    I would have laughed at her when she invited me back and told her I might never be back.
    I am suprized Mr. Bunny didn't leave with you. If my wife was asked to leave I would have left as well letting them know they are losing any income from from us. No guns = No money in my book. Since getting our CCL's my wife and I have stopped going anywhere that has a gun buster sign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny View Post
    But at that particular moment, it didn't seem like any immediate good would have come from arguing with her, you know?
    I agree. You did good.
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    Bunny, I think you handled the situation well.

    Now wheres the pictures of the kitten??!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCinstructor View Post
    The next person walks in samething, the next person walks in samething, the next person walks in samething........
    Until BB doesn't have any customers any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny View Post
    I didn't see a point in making a scene. Two things could have happened. Either I would have laughed at her and asserted my legal right to OC in the store, thereby making a you-know-what out of myself and being a poor ambassador for OC rights in NC. --OR-- she would have freaked out and called the cops, and that would have been a big ol'e mess.
    Think you did a great job! In a lot of places (not sure about NC), if you don't leave and the police are called, I understand you can be charged with trespass. My guess is that's something you don't want, especially while you are waiting for your permit!

    (BTW: I'm in Carolina Beach, NC for the week.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCinstructor View Post
    He is a she, and no thats how things get taken away from you. There was no policy in place. NC is a OC state. Even the manager stated there was no posting and no policy so by all rights she should have stood her ground and stayed.
    Sorry, can't agree with you. While the property may not be posted, once the owner/manager asks you to leave you have been notified.

    No different than if she had been ask to leave because they didn't want pets in the store. Sure in this case it was a 3 week old kitten, but what if it were a 150lb Great Dane.

    What if you went to a yard sale and were open carrying, the property owner tells you they don't want guns on their property and asks you to leave? Are you going to refuse to leave?

    If you don't like how the store is being ran, let the corporate headquarters know and try to get it changed, or don't go back.

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    Bunny did well. It is counterproductive to argue the point when the business asks you to leave.

    We might like to think that if a business does not permit carrying on their premises, but it won't. Although I much prefer to do business with a company which supports RKBA I will do otherwise when I need to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highvoltage View Post
    Until BB doesn't have any customers any more.


    when reading the last few post i was reminded of this prank, imagine if 80 OC'ers were dressed up as Best Buy employees
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    Bunny, you handled this perfectly. You had nothing to gain by arguing with the manager there and then, and everything to lose.

    I suggest you go back unarmed (or CC once you receive your permit), and ask to speak with the manager about the legality of OC and store policy. You may be able to change her mind, but if not, using the same polite approach you used in this incident will leave a positive image of those who carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealie View Post
    I am suprized Mr. Bunny didn't leave with you. If my wife was asked to leave I would have left as well letting them know they are losing any income from from us. No guns = No money in my book. Since getting our CCL's my wife and I have stopped going anywhere that has a gun buster sign.
    +1

    IMO, Bunny did just fine, but Mr. Bunny needs to be spanked. I'm sure Bunny took care of that when she got him home.

    j/k, well not really. What would have made a bigger impression on the manager was Mr. Bunny handing over all of the merchandise to the manager that he had in hand to purchase and walk out with Mrs. Bunny. Especially if he had a big ticket item or two. Maybe it's just me, but if my wife isn't welcome in a store, then I'm not staying and giving them any of my money. If they don't see a "loss" associated with kicking a gun owner out, then they'll continue to do it.

    Be polite, but don't give them any money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingdaddyoh View Post
    Yeah, you did good there kiddo. Age and experience has taught me to pick my fights and that's one you just couldn't win. Kill 'em with kindness!
    I agree. Good job Bunny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paco View Post
    Not sure of NC, but in TX as soon as the Manager asks you to leave and you don't you are trespassing.
    Same here in NC, once asked you MUST leave. To do otherwise is to risk LEO confrontation for trespass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCinstructor View Post
    Why back down so easy? She told you it wasn't posted and its not store policy. I would have said I'm sorry, no policy, no notice I"m staying right here till I finish my business.
    Not sure of your local laws, but in Kentucky once you are asked to leave and you refuse you can be charged with criminal trespassing. I wouldn't be surprised to find similar laws in many places.
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    I agree, you did good. I would call corporate and get there views on this. Thanks for thinking of other gun owners in how you handled yourself.

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    Bunny did fine here, IMHO. I'm also a woman, and I also open carry from time to time in Nevada, where I live. The only thing I would have done differently is request the manager's name before leaving, and note the address and/or store number. But that is just a matter of convenience; she should have no trouble complaining/discussing this with corporate simply by telling them the address of the store and date and time this occurred; they are perfectly able to find out which manager(s) were on duty.

    By behaving like a civilized person while open carrying, she made an important point both to the manager (who apparently was already second-guessing her rather impulsive decision to ask Bunny to leave) and anybody else who was present and observing or hears about it later -- that "carrying a gun" does *NOT* equal "dangerous/violent person".

    Well done, Bunny. I hope I handle my first freakout as well. ;-)

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