This happened many many years ago, so no exact dialog, sorry. And no exciting end either.
Just to set the stage… I’m a fairly heavyset Asian guy, and a fairly short haircut, 6 ft, 250 lb, that I guess may look somewhat like LEO. I wear clean but faded jeans, black tennis shoes, and a button-down shirt, no tie. Oh, and slightly tinted glasses. I am a fairly introvert guy, so you could say I have an RBF.
At that time, I was wearing a tablet on my thigh, based on a drop-leg carrier. Those of you who know military or law enforcement should understand those are basically where you carry a gun holster… But I am NOT in uniform. And there is no holster, just a “pouch” MOLLE’ed to the carrier and big enough for a 7-inch tablet, and my smartphone. Oh, and I was wearing a neckband Bluetooth headphone, paired to my tablet, but only with one bud in, as I need to hear the phone call telling me when my car is done.
On this particular day, I dropped off my car at my favorite mechanic, and he said it’d only take two hours. So I walked to the corner pizza shop, bought lunch, and waited.
So here I was, sitting at the pizza shop, legs crossed, reading an eBook as I followed the speed-to-text at max speed so I can practice speed-reading.
Then a woman approached my table. I don’t even recall what she looked like now. Not the Karen archetype, unfortunately.
“Excuse me, are you a cop? I have some questions…”
“Uh, no. I am not a cop.”
She kinda sputtered a bit, blinked a few times, then remarked, “Well… you do look like a cop.”
“Uh… Thank you?”
And she walked away.
Looking back at the incident years later, I can sort of understand why she’d think so. Semi-short “serious” haircut, tinted glasses (not the shooter/shield type though), serious expression, one black earbud in the ear, and a dark “holster” on my thigh. But I am in total civilian clothes. What can I say?
P.S. if you are wondering why I would “wear” a tablet like that, I don’t like to hold things in my hand while I walk, and I am not going to just tuck the tablet in back waistband. I actually lost a very good tablet that way.