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Thread: I Joined The Police Department, And I Didn't Know It!

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    Oh, wait, I am not a police officer.

    But, damn, everyone in Wally-World sure thought so...


    I had 3 people make the assumption that I was an officer, due to the XD Tactical I had strapped to my waist. (It is obnoxiously large; not much mistaking it for a cellphone.)

    This, in spite of blue jeans, a simple pullover t-shirt, and plain white New Balance shoes.


    Should have seen the surprise when I replied that I wasn't an officer.

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    You should have seen me the day I went out in khakis and a nice shirt after a haircut. With my XD45 in a dark leather holster I couldn't convince one young guy that I wasn't a detective. For some reason he just wouldn't believe me.

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    FogRider wrote:
    You should have seen me the day I went out in khakis and a nice shirt after a haircut. With my XD45 in a dark leather holster I couldn't convince one young guy that I wasn't a detective. For some reason he just wouldn't believe me.
    Hehehe.

    Probably thought you were gonna' bust him for that pot he had just smoked...


    (All paranoid and such. )

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    Phoenixphire wrote:
    Hehehe.

    Probably thought you were gonna' bust him for that pot he had just smoked...


    (All paranoid and such. )
    It was near Denver.

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    Be careful...


    Nancy Pelosi may be nearby.

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    The paranoids are after me! The paranoids are after me!

    Besides, I think it was the white sneaks.

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    Pretty funny stuff. I've had that happen to me. Several high-school age kids were all looking at my gun and commenting to each other about it. In the background, I heard them refer to me as "officer" such as in the phrase "the officer's gun." Then when I had to get by or they had to get by me, they said something like "excuse me, officer." Kind of funny.



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    I always correct people.

    One of the main reasons I open carry is to remove that idea that only an police officer can carry a gun. When people ask, or refer to me as an officer, my reply usually is something like "Nope, just trying to be a responsible citizen."



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    For some reason the quote from the movie Righteous Kill comes to mind. "Most people respect the badge, everyone respects the gun" It happens but I don't like being mistaken for a LEO, only because I want to promote civilian open carry.

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    Following the GA commitee meeting today, Skidmark and I spent some time looking for answers to some of the minor problems that occurred. Visited the archive library, print shop and others.

    Then stopped for a late lunch. After serving us our meals, our waitress leaned over, cupped her hand around my ear and whispered, "I know what you are. You're a bounty hunter."

    I didn't want to disappoint her nor lie, so between bites of my burger I replied , "You might be right" and just kept on eating.

    Yata hey
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    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    I've been called 'officer', 'detective', and asked how long I've been a cop, etcetera. The most amusing encounter was ata Stop & Shop;a scummy-looking character saw me putting my purchases in a bag, noticed my sidearm, gave me a very wary look and asked if I were a bail agent.

    It was only later that I wondered if that guy had a reason to be concerned...

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    With the way I dress, the only way people ever mistake me for being a cop is if they are very young children from Kali, or if they are from Mexico. When you dress in beat up blue collar working gear and use a camo holster, you are not very cop-ish.
    Answer every question about open carry in Michigan you ever had with one convenient and free book- http://libertyisforeveryone.com/open-carry-resources/

    The complete and utter truth can be challenged from every direction and it will always hold up. Accordingly there are few greater displays of illegitimacy than to attempt to impede free thought and communication.

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    Don't want to be mistaken for a cop? Don't shave for a week. Works for me.

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    A week? Pfft. I have more scrub than an under-cover cop in two DAYS, tops!
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    Come on guys - I can hear my whiskers growing!

    Yata hey
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    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Penny Arcade for the

    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    My X wife called me & said a pipe burst at my daughters apt & her friend was there but couldn't fine my daughter to get her home & her friend didn't know how to turn off the water,

    I went to her apt & just walked in checked it out & left. Didn't tell her friend who I was.

    My daughter stopped by that evening laughing because her friend told her some cop scared her to death when hebarged in, turned off the water & left without saying a word.



    ( I was in jean shorts, tucked in t-shirt & PCong an xd45 in blackhawk holster)

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    People think I'm a cop, too.

    Could be my black t-shirt with the big OCDO on the back.:celebrate

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    Yeah I think the shorts and flip flops (for a couple more weeks hopefully) make people come up with another identity for me other than cop.

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    I've never been mistaken for a LEO. I have been mistaken for a bank-robber before, that wasn't much fun at all. The LEO was nice once he realized I didn't do it.

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    longwatch wrote:
    For some reason the quote from the movie Righteous Kill comes to mind.* "Most people respect the badge, everyone respects the gun"* It happens but I don't like being mistaken for a LEO, only because I want to promote civilian open carry.
    Very true.

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    next time reply like this

    Are you a cop?

    No butI did stay at a Holiday inn Expess last nite.

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    I had one person ask me if i was a cop, it was a little kid inside of wendys.
    I was in line waiting to order my food, He yelled out loud "HE HAS A GUN" in my mind i was like oh ****!!!!! then he asked me if i was a cop and i politely said no. I just looked to the floor until i ordered my food. But honestly no one seem to care.

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    slowzx320 wrote:
    I had one person ask me if i was a cop, it was a little kid inside of wendys.
    I was in line waiting to order my food, He yelled out loud "HE HAS A GUN" in my mind i was like oh @#$%!!!!! then he asked me if i was a cop and i politely said no. I just looked to the floor until i ordered my food. But honestly no one seem to care.
    Would have been nice to take the time to tell him that good guys so that too.

    Please don't hide your eyes by looking at the floor. IMO it conveys that you have something to hide. Hold your head up and maintain tactical awareness - look confident, that expresses a positive attitude.

    Yata hey
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    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    A couple of weeks ago a kid at church asked me if I was the Sheriff...:?
    I wasn't even carrying a gun! No badge.. No nothing! And where I go to church, the 'normal' attire is boots, jeans, button/snap down, and a cowboy hat! (it's a "Cowboy Church") That one threw me a little bit....

    *edit* punctuation error...

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