BNH got it right, and thank you for fielding that for me.
As per an undercover cop or off duty cop being within earshot. Why would that make a difference? There is nothing that they could do legally or otherwise in asituation like that. Now if the lady asking about permits started getting rude and creating a scene, he may be able to stop her ranting and issue a disorderly conduct citation to her if he wanted to.
I have very little tolerance for people coming at me, and trying to berateme for my life choices while minding my own business
People pulling crap like what happened to the OP reminds me of a scene that took place in the George Webbs on Loomis by theinterstate.
A guy was giving me earfulls of crap for my choice of having an earring in my left ear. He started to claim to the entire restaurant that I wore panties too, and all kinds of other ignorant crap. (This happened in the early 1980's when earings on men was relatively rare yet)
When he got pissed-off because I simply ignored him, he decided to get up and approach meand start in on me even more, He waslooking for a fight but never got the chance to fight.
At the point when he grabbed my ear is when I got up, and "accidentally" slipped on the floor (That's my story and I am sticking to it) andI slipped into him which caused him to fall and hit his head on the edge of the table which knocked him unconscious.
Then when the EMT's and police showed up, it turns out the guy was an off-duty Milwaukee cop that was laying on the floor in an unconscious state.
I acted all concerned when he was being treated, and when they rolled him into the ambulance I leaned over and said "just remember to tell your cop buddies that a guy that wears anearring did this to you"
The other patrons and employees at Webb's corroborated my statement of events, I was given a free dinner, and I got to see an abusive person who just happened to be a cop turn 15 different shades of purple with anger when things did not turn out the way he expected.