So yesterday, my wife, daughter and myself went out and did some Christmas shopping. We went to the Covington Fred Meyer and then the Covington Kohls.
First stop, Fred Meyer.
We spent about 45 minutes in the store. Mostly browsing around, and adding a few things to our cart. We made our way over to the toy department, and eventually I came across a man with his family ask me if I was a cop. I shook my head and said "Nope. Just Joe Citizen!" *(with a smile on my face). He then started asking me about my fire arm. He was very friendly, and was legitimately curious about it. He mentioned how he wanted to get one of his own, and started telling me stories of problems that some of his friends have run in to (criminal wise, and how it's a good idea to carry. I was glad to inform him on the legalities of it, the licensing requirements (and lack of, for open carry), and of course, my wife reminded me to tell him about this forum, which I did. He saved the name of the forum in his phone, and said he'd be checking it out. So hopefully we get a new member to our forum soon!
Then we made our way to Kohls. As we were heading into the store, a man putting away his merchandise in his car looked over and asked "Is that a Glock 9mm?" I said "Nope. It's a Taurus .45" He smiled and said "Nice man!"
I continued into the store, and I swear, it must be the Holiday season, but everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. I had store associates come up to me and greet me with a legitimate smile, ask me how my Thanksgiving was, and asked if they could be of any service to me. The management staff were all very friendly.
We spent about a half hour in the store, and as we were checking out, the clerk said to me "It's nice seeing someone in here with one of those." as he pointed to my sidearm. I told him that I appreciated hearing it, and wished them a great day.