Long story short? Nothing much to tell... Short story long?
I just had my first LEO encounter about 15 mins ago at Dunkin Donuts on Duke (across from the Giant supermarket)... I guess I was asking for it since I didn't realize it was still open unitl I saw the police cruiser in front of me turn into the parking lot, and had a hankering for a sweet donut.
I was wearing my Serpa with shirt tucked so it was easily OC, and I guess I could have CC'ed but once I pulled into the parking lot I saw another 2 cruisers and 1 SUV. I didn't want to print and have 4 cops asking me for my CHP.
Nobody else was there, and this DD closes after midnight so you have to use the walkup window, so upon walking to the building, I asked the first officer standing outside if it was still open. He said yup, then his eyes grew large and immediately focused on my side.
"Hey, where do you work?"
"I'm at the Patent Office right down the street."
"As an officer?"
"No, as an examiner."
I didn't continue after that since he wasn't being a nice guy, and just walked up to the window. While waiting for the guy to get to the window...
"Is that loaded?"
"You know that's illegal in Alexandria city limits..."
"Actually, open carry is legal in the entire state of Virginia."
"Well you should conceal it."
"I have my chp anyways."
"Then conceal it."
I shrugged, but didn't CC. More waiting, and then in order to diffuse things, I asked what the starting salary for APD was, and he said about 43k. I told him I was thinking about a switch in careers and asked if VSP was paid more, they said probably not, but if you're in NoVA you get another 25% locality pay. He started talking about his wife to the other guy, and then they both got in their cars and drove to the other two officers who were on the other side of the parking lot.
I got my donut and then left, nobody followed me, and I was never asked for ID or my CHP or anything else. *shrug* The second guy at the window never said a word to me but was friendly after seeing me wait so long, before he left, he walked up and knocked loudly on the window and when I said, "The guy already saw me, he's getting the donut." he smiled and left.
The guy was in the SUV marked 2762, but I never got his name or badge #. I left with mixed feelings because I thought APD had their heads on straight concerning OC/CC but I guess not. Well it ended without incident, and I'm enjoying my donut.
I almost said, "Slow night eh? 4 cars for a donut run?" but bit my tongue. > ) No need to be an ass.