This is a discussion on "Asked to leave" Best Buy today within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by crankinNM I would have laughed at her when she invited me back and told her I might never be back. I am ...
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Bunny, I think you handled the situation well.
Now wheres the pictures of the kitten??!!
(BTW: I'm in Carolina Beach, NC for the week.)
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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.
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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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.
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.
64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand.
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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.
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. ;-)