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Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby JoeSparky » Fri 22 Aug 2014 1:10 pm

Yep, this was what I was greeted with by an employee of a Gas Station in North Orem where I regularly purchase my ETHANOL free mid grade fuel for my trike. His statement was accompanied by his raising of his hands above his head.

My Response:

"NOT FUNNY! I don't appreciate your attempt at humor that can get me shot and killed!" He responds with a "what?" To which, "So someone just hears your statement about "don't shoot me" and they don't see me or anything else. They call the cops in response to your "humor" which they don't see as "humor" and then I get shot and killed."

At this point it is between him and me. IF he repeats I'll involve his employer!
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby J_dazzle23 » Fri 22 Aug 2014 1:38 pm

I always have a hard time walking that line between making sure people don't do stupid stuff-and calling them out, and being a "nice guy" and making them not feel like they got chewed out by the only guy they have talked to that is OC'ing. In this instance I think your impromptu butt - chewing was quite well deserved. Always amazes me how stupid some people can be with their mouth.
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby JoeSparky » Fri 22 Aug 2014 2:07 pm

It isn't the first time I've been presented with this situation. It is the first time I took the Bull by the horns on the first encounter. Previously, after several "repeats" by the counter guy at a different location, he and I talked. He hasn't repeated it.
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby dewittdj » Fri 22 Aug 2014 2:57 pm

Similar in seriousness to yelling "FIRE" in a crowded movie theater or making a "gun", "weapon", "bomb", etc. comment when going through TSA security at a transportation hub.
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby althor » Sat 23 Aug 2014 12:15 pm

Count me on the side that thinks you overreacted to something that was kind of funny.
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby Snurd » Sat 23 Aug 2014 1:57 pm

althor wrote:Count me on the side that thinks you overreacted to something that was kind of funny.

That depends on how the employee said it.


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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby Doctor Jenks » Sat 23 Aug 2014 4:04 pm

Snurd wrote:
althor wrote:Count me on the side that thinks you overreacted to something that was kind of funny.

That depends on how the employee said it.


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It depends a lot on the situation too. If they were the only two people in the store, is would be unlikely to become any kind of issue. On the other hand, a crowded store might be more of a problem.

While I don't think this was a funny joke, I think the OP may have been overstating his case just a little bit. The chances are remote, if police were called, that they would come and shoot you while you were picking out your favorite doughnut from the rack (firearm holstered). Not that the employee's statement couldn't create a dangerous situation given the right set of circumstances, but the specific example used is unlikely.

this is just my opinion, but I would try to keep things a little more simple in a similar situation. "hey man, that isn't a funny joke. Somebody might take you seriously."

In most cases, I'd say people like this are nervous, and trying to hide it the only way they know how. Through humor.
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby DaKnife » Sat 23 Aug 2014 5:40 pm

Considering the current talk of SWATting carriers by the haters, it is an appropriate response. Sorry but for the time being the humor of such a joke is gone. That doesn't mean it requires hostility in the response but such comments do need to be put firmly to bed.
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby dewittdj » Sat 23 Aug 2014 5:55 pm

Doctor Jenks wrote:
Snurd wrote:
althor wrote:Count me on the side that thinks you overreacted to something that was kind of funny.

That depends on how the employee said it.
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It depends a lot on the situation too. If they were the only two people in the store, is would be unlikely to become any kind of issue. On the other hand, a crowded store might be more of a problem.
While I don't think this was a funny joke, I think the OP may have been overstating his case just a little bit. The chances are remote, if police were called, that they would come and shoot you while you were picking out your favorite doughnut from the rack (firearm holstered). Not that the employee's statement couldn't create a dangerous situation given the right set of circumstances, but the specific example used is unlikely.
this is just my opinion, but I would try to keep things a little more simple in a similar situation. "hey man, that isn't a funny joke. Somebody might take you seriously."
In most cases, I'd say people like this are nervous, and trying to hide it the only way they know how. Through humor.

Given the fact that the greatest number of armed robberies occur in convenience stores most often associated with the dispensing of fuel (gas stations),
...the employee's statement could create a dangerous situation given the right set of circumstances...

Overreacting on the part of someone overhearing the comment is what we want to avoid.

The clerk obviously lacks the maturity or ability to discern how his comments could be interpreted by anyone within earshot.

I'm all for creating a situation where learning can occur. In this case, one with enough intense, emotional experience to drive the point home.
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby JoeSparky » Sat 23 Aug 2014 6:25 pm

Or out by the gas pumps with others on the other side of the pumps who don't have a direct line of sight on me, So they have NO IDEA THE IDIOT WAS BEING FREAKING A STUPID IN HIS JOKE!.... Now, I might have over-reacted! :spit:
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby JoeSparky » Sat 23 Aug 2014 6:27 pm

althor wrote:Count me on the side that thinks you overreacted to something that was kind of funny.

I don't take ANYTHING as "funny" that has the potential to kill me by the STUPIDITY OF OTHERS!

Edited to add: My comments to him was all make in a calm NON-YELLING voice while I was handling the filling of the trike fuel tank and before I went INTO the store to actually pay.
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby althor » Sat 23 Aug 2014 6:59 pm

JoeSparky wrote:
althor wrote:Count me on the side that thinks you overreacted to something that was kind of funny.

I don't take ANYTHING as "funny" that has the potential to kill me by the STUPIDITY OF OTHERS!

I don't either, but I think the 'potential' is greatly overstated... to me the threat ranks right up there with leaving the house in the morning to go to work. .
Edited to add: My comments to him was all make in a calm NON-YELLING voice while I was handling the filling of the trike fuel tank and before I went INTO the store to actually pay.
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby JoeSparky » Sat 23 Aug 2014 10:34 pm

althor wrote:
JoeSparky wrote:
althor wrote:Count me on the side that thinks you overreacted to something that was kind of funny.

I don't take ANYTHING as "funny" that has the potential to kill me by the STUPIDITY OF OTHERS!

I don't either, but I think the 'potential' is greatly overstated... to me the threat ranks right up there with leaving the house in the morning to go to work. .
Edited to add: My comments to him was all make in a calm NON-YELLING voice while I was handling the filling of the trike fuel tank and before I went INTO the store to actually pay.

Right up there UNTIL it IS taken as a real problem.

Sort of like--- Not carrying your firearm because it isn't likely or probable that one will need it. I don't carry my firearm because I expect to need to use it, but rather in great hopes that I'll never need it. Think of spare tires, auto insurance, or smoke/fire detectors in the home but with the firearm one has a CONSTITUTIONALLY protected RIGHT to bare arms!
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby thx997303 » Tue 26 Aug 2014 10:35 pm

So the counter guy hasn't repeated his joke eh? That's good, wouldn't want to have to whoop him. :mrgreen:
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Re: Man, Don't shoot me!!!!!

Postby JoeSparky » Tue 26 Aug 2014 11:19 pm

Wasn't the counter guy. At this location they have "lot boys" to help customers and not all pumps have card readers.
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