I was on a really proud streak of not ever having as issue in my home county with OC. Today was not my day. I open carry a heck of a lot around here.
Today, as I was standing at the counter of a bank (Not mine as I was making a deposit for a friend) the bank manager approached me and asked if I was a police officer. I responded with a simple no. She paused for what seemed like an eternity. When she finally spoke, it was to tell me that "they don't allow handguns inside". I told her that I had no idea and they may want to consider posting signs at the entrances to alert visitors. She just kept staring. Wow.
Anyway, she walked away, the transaction was completed, I leftmaking sure tosmile andwave. (Yes, with all my fingers.)
Just a few moments later, I sent a text to a friend who works at the same bank about the possibility of informing managers about the legality of OC in Washington. The text I got back was "evidently it was escalated to corporate security & ___ (Regional Manager's name) was involved......great." Next text from friend: "u just scared the shlt out of them. lucky they didnt call the police & make a bigger scene." The Regional Manager went on to share with employees that I exercised poor judgement. In this day, normal people do not carry weapons.
Honestly, I do not regret today. I regret a narrow minded atmosphere that led to the incident, but how is that my fault and what did I do that I should feel bad for doing what God has given me a right to do? (Rhetorical question, folks. Still how I felt all day)
To their credit, part of my message was heard. My VP friend informed me that they are making up anti gun signs. If you see them popping up at a local bank branch, you know who to thank. Yep, I was that guy today.
On a plus side, I asked MY bank if there was a policy that prohibited the carry of weapons, they said heck no. I told them the story I just shared with you. The folks at my bank got a real good laugh and told me I should be loyal to my bank and not walk into any others.
I bank with WAMU (Chase)
I guess everyone has to have that one negative experience. Today was hopefully the end of mine. (As long as I stay out of Puyallup, right Jarhead?)