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Old 10-18-2015, 08:30 PM   #1
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I was running an errand on my way home from work. I walked out of a store and got in my car. A woman a few parking spaces away from me comes walking briskly towards my car holding up an index finger as if to say 'wait'. She gets to my car and I roll down my window a little less than halfway. She was dark skinned and had a very heavy accent. I thought maybe she was asking for directions. I listened hard trying to understand what she was saying. It seemed that she was asking me if I had seen her son and she was describing a black and red zipper sweatshirt. I said I haven't seen him. She asked where I was from. I name my town. She said she wants to know where I was from like Russia or what country. ( Interesting that my Father is 100% Russian) By now I'm confused and am beginning to think I'm dealing with someone not in touch with reality. She was ranting. Now comes the scare. She asks me if I were Muslim or Christian. My heart starts to pound, my mind began racing, I froze. She repeats the question. I roll up my window and drive away. But I stay in the parking lot and call 911. I keep thinking of the shooter who asked if the victims were Muslim or Christian before he shot them. I get dispatch and tell her my story. As I'm talking, Crazy Lady gets in he car and proceeds to head out. I pull up behind her to get the license plate number for the police. Crazy Lady thinks I want to continue talking to her. She pulls a U-turn and I drive to the front of the store where there were people. Crazy Lady circles around and starts to leave again just as 2 officers pulled in. One followed Crazy Lady and the other stops to talk to me. They said they were very familiar with her. She obviously needs help but they can't commit her until she broke dangerous to herself or others. I thanked the officer, wished him safety and we went our separate ways.

I'm telling you, though, I was scared poopless!!! For a few moments I thought she was going to shoot me.


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Old 10-18-2015, 08:40 PM   #2
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Never roll down your window to someone you don't know. Situational awareness is really big for me. I would have got as far from her as fast as I could have and remove myself from a potential situation. Glad you're OK. Lesson for next time.


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Never roll down your window to someone you don't know. Situational awareness is really big for me. I would have got as far from her as fast as I could have and remove myself from a potential situation. Glad you're OK. Lesson for next time.
I was aware. I only rolled my window down enough so I could hear her. She could not have reached me. I thought she needed help. As soon as I realized she was crazy, I drove off and called police and stayed a safe distance until they arrived.

Believe me, I am very in tune with my own safety.
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You did the right thing ringing the police and staying aware of the situation. It would not stop me rolling down the window and trying to be helpful and giving someone directions, things are bad when you can't do that.
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That's a scary encounter winds. Glad you didn't get into a more serious situation. I probably would have rolled down the window myself with one hand on my Sig.
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you owed her nothing. Be aware, get in the car and drive off.
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"Situational Awareness" isn't that far from "Paranoid." But a little paranoia may keep you safe.

I always OC outside around my house but I've become more aware after a violent home invasion robbery next door.

A few months ago, I went to get my mail & a guy gets out of his car (parked across the street (no space, taking up one lane on narrow street) & approaches me. I backed up a few steps, held up my hand & said, "That's close enough....what can I do for you?" He keeps coming. I twisted my body around so he could see the HKUSP & said, "I said that's close enough...what can I do for you?" When he sees the gun, he says "Whoa...dude." Then he tells me ran out of gas & can I drive him to the gas station!!! I said, "No."

I watched him from my living room window. 30 minutes later, his "out of gas" car miraculously started (without any gas) & he drove away.
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I think she did fine, and btw did not ask for postgame analysis. Winds - if you have time to follow up, consider sending a letter to the mayor's office and/or to the local paper. Put them on notice- if the woman harms someone, they have been warned and did nothing.
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I think she did fine, and btw did not ask for postgame analysis. Winds - if you have time to follow up, consider sending a letter to the mayor's office and/or to the local paper. Put them on notice- if the woman harms someone, they have been warned and did nothing.
I think that is very good advice Merc......


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