My reason (for dancing banana) is because there can be some really crappy outcomes. In the end, if we act like we are on an opposite side of LEO then we are going to be treated like it. If we show just a little cooperation and give an inch, then they will (or should too). It all has to start someplace. We want to be setting the example, not just for LEO, but for all that are watching. If some one calls the police cause they are scaredof an OCer, and OCer reacts negatively to the cops, the cops get frustrated and ticket or worst wrongly arrest the guy , then the onlookers have a "see, i knew that guy was trouble" attitude, and that becomes the perception. Versus, Cops come, OCer is friendly, works with the officer, who then tips a hat or shakes the guys hands, leaving an impression to the onlookers that the OCer is the friendly one and "why the hell some jerk call the cops on that nice guy anyways" becomes the perception.
We have to remember the full scope of things here. Perception becomes reality. What exactly is our end goal here, and what image do we want the outside view to have of us as gun owners, especially as OCers. Do we want an environment where we can freely OC, get more people interested in OC, doing it and NOT being hassled? Then we need to be setting the example, priming the environment, showing our nature, and reinforcing our true nature with action, understanding, and consideration to our reaction of LEO. This is what will build the environment we want.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is in fact our responsibility to be the bigger, better, more knowledgeable and responsible of the various "sides". To be treated like "the good guys" Mr./Mrs. America, then we nee to act and react like it. If we want to be trusted and worked with and understood, then we need to return in kind the same attitude. it is simple mathematics, simply physics, as i stated, resistance creates friction, that creates heat. The base fundamental can be applied in almost any of life's situations as well. the OP had a VERY low friction situation because he did not create un-needed resistance. This in turn ended in a completely no-resistance no confrontation, no negative reaction environment for Todd. I applaud and yea, he gets the dancing Banana, he, in my opinion did everything right. The end result is an officer who will probably remember and recognise him with a "good bell" next time. Ends with a thank you and a hand shake, see ya later Todd, have a good day. The onlookers again left with a better impression of who and what we are about.
As i tell my kids, your life will be a sum and total of the choices you make. You will be who you make yourself to be. (same with environment)
FYI- if anyone is wondering, NO i am not a LEO, but yes i do work around them allot, so i know some of the mechanics here. There are some really crappy scumbags out there, and from the LEO perspective, he never knows who or what he is gonna get until he walks up onto it. By showing some understanding to these guys, we are gonna get allot back in the end. Act like we are on their side, they will treat us that way once that reputation/perception becomes reality. Become a point of contention, and we are sure to be treated that way. I personally want to see a free America where one can carry a sidearm and no one thinks nothing of it. I would love to wear my old school drop loop wheel gun. Not gonna if i know we made ourselves a thorn in LEO's side.... totally would if i knew LEO was gonna tip his hat and give me "good day sir" or "Heya Bat, hows the coffee?"... make this reality - choose the one you want.
+ ALSO, i am not saying don't stand up for yourself! If the situation requires it, like if the officer is already being a jerk or acting like he want to create problems, then hell yeah, refuse consent, stand firm on your rights, play the game as it needs to be played in order to create a victory for our rights.... just saying, we don't need to create a "victory" where none is needed. If it can be smooth, let it be smooth, and be happy for it, the LEO usually will be too.
P.S) .....?.. "FOLD" ?!?! - lol - you obviously know not who i am kind sir.
sorry for the long post...