I am a Firearms Instructor for a Law Enforcement agency. Generally, we don’t get featured on TV shows or movies so people aren’t familiar with our uniforms. We usually were khaki pants and a red polo with a sewn on badge. Now these uniforms don’t have a bunch of identifiers like arm patches or logos because we don’t get seen in public to much, but we do have the tell tale heavy gun belt equipped with a firearm, taser, baton, etc…..
So while I try to never do this, being a father, I have to stop and pick up some items from a store. Usually I get a call on the way home from the Misses asking me for an “emergency item”. The closest store on the way home is a Target. You can see where this is going.
So shopping in a Target while wearing Khakis and a Red Polo is just asking for this. I understand this so when someone walks up and asks a question, I generally will politely tell them I don’t work there or , if I happen to know the answer, I will answer them. However, some people seem to want cause problems and things don’t go as politely as I hope.
First, I was trying to buy some shoelaces for my boy and I clock a guy looking around for an employee. I hear him walking my way so I look him up and down to make sure he isn’t a cop hater or something. He walks up and asks “ Hey, you work here?” , gruffly. I respond “ No, sir, I don’t. “ He replies ,” Are you sure?!”. I stand and turn to face him. I say, “ I’m extremely sure.” He looks me up and down and stops at my gun belt, then his eyes dart up to my badge. He pauses and thinks for a few seconds and says, “Oh… you don’t work here….” and finally walks away.
On another occasion, I’m loading a heavy item into my cart when an older lady with a thick NY accent walls up and asks “ Hey, where is the dog food?!” I reply “ I’m sorry, I don’t work here, I’m…”. She cut me off curtly and barked “ I didn’t ask you that, did I?!?!” I look at her, smile, and I say “ Of course, the pet supplies are over in that corner.” and I point to the far end of the store. She looks over and huffs, “ Fuck, all the way over there?!” and she starts walking that way. Another young lady walks up to me and says “ I think the pet supplies are in the next aisle…” I reply, “ Oh, my mistake.” This lady smiles at me and says, “ Oh well..” and keeps shopping.