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Posted: 11/13/2001 3:36:29 PM EDT
Yesterday I was at Books-A-Million (Super Crown Books) buying a Shotgun News and out of the blue the sales person asked me what I do for a living while ringing up my order. This is the first time anyone has asked me this question when buying a gun publication.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 3:40:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 4:00:52 PM EDT
Don't think it's my looks because I look like one of the watergate guys with the radio show.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 4:11:09 PM EDT
I've been asked that very same question many times. Hmmmm, what does this mean?
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 4:15:40 PM EDT
Tell them that you are a liberal philanthropist.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 4:21:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 4:33:02 PM EDT
I was at Barnes & Noble late one night, I bought a copy of "Guns&Weapons of LE", a copy of Shotgun News and "Unintended Consequences." The young lady looked at me like I was an ebola carrier.[}:D] Things like that don't bother me anymore, in fact I tend to have fun with the people at their expense. The most annoying is sporting goods store employees. These people should expect to see gun related purchases, instead of acting like giddy school girls at the sight of gun related materials. Usually I get "ohhh, Scary!" when buying targets or gun cleaning supplies. My personal favorite, is when I run out of bulk ammo, and need to buy a couple boxes locally. "Damn! Are you preparing for WWIII???" when buying two boxes of 50rnds of 9mm. [rolleyes]
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 5:52:04 PM EDT
Many times you can use these experiencies to neutralize some "anti" feelings. Last time this happened to me I was purchasing SGN at the local grocery. On the back cover was a photo of a 1919 if I remember correctly. Young girl running the register said in a disgusting tone of voice; "what would anyone need with that thing"? I answered "they are very popular with re-inactors, sort of like movie props" (since I wasn't sure if she knew about re-inactments). Her negative attitude turned into one of some understanding. OK, I know it was a bit deceiving, but just maybe she doesn't feel quite so "anti" now. Who knows, as she matures, she could get interested in the sport.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 6:03:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By HKocher: My personal favorite, is when I run out of bulk ammo, and need to buy a couple boxes locally. "Damn! Are you preparing for WWIII???" when buying two boxes of 50rnds of 9mm. [rolleyes]
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OK, true story. I was at Galyan's, near my home, buying a bunch of Win Q3131a (whatever) because it was priced ridiculously cheap. This was a couple of years ago. I think I bought 40 boxes, and there were no full cases on the shelf. It was about all the little plastic shopping basket could take. So this littel girl rings me up, and as I'm fumbling through my cash, she calls a floor manager over. "Uh, oh," methinks, "What is this about." So "Chad" comes over to see what "Tiffany" wants and she says, "Do we have a box around that he can carry this out in? I don't think these plastic bags were meant for this." Chad says, "Probably." He's gone for like 10 seconds, comes back with a box, helps me load the ammo into the box, and says to me, "Man, wish I wasn't working. Looks like you're headed out for some FUN!" Tiffany smiles, tells me to have a nice day, and tells me to come back for more. Man, was I floored! WRT the bookstore, the place where I stop for gun mags has a couple of guys that work there that tell me which issues have articles that are any good or not! Ha! I love it!
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 9:04:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 9:29:38 PM EDT
Maybe it was the tin foil hat that prompted the question!
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 9:30:47 PM EDT
You should always reply that you are a Postal worker.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 9:45:37 PM EDT
I had the lady behind the counter demand I tell her why I was buying these magazines (SOF, SWAT ,Gun and ammo. I should not be reading that stuff she said. I was 17 then and didn't quite know what to do. It was Walden books. I have never gone back there again. You guys are right. It was easier buying porn!
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 10:04:51 PM EDT
i purchased a Weapons for Law Enforcement mag at a local Drug store. the clerk tried to talk me out of buying it because it was expensive.(about $8 bucks) [:D] i said "thats ok, i know, it has a couple of articles im interested in" she just looked at me as if i was stupid. imagine a store clerk trying to talk you out of a purchase of something they sell. haha. must computer mags now are $8 bucks, but at least they come with game demos. i rarely buy gun mags so this purchase was uncommon, but intended due to content.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 10:33:00 PM EDT
Man you and I both know what works at book stores. I get it all the time"soooo you like shotguns" or "you gon'a buy a gun,what you nned a gun for" Just look them right in the face and say "Yes,if they have a peace rally I don't want to have to beat them all to death"[rolleyes]
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 10:34:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By libertarian: i purchased a Weapons for Law Enforcement mag at a local Drug store. the clerk tried to talk me out of buying it because it was expensive.(about $8 bucks) [:D] i said "thats ok, i know, it has a couple of articles im interested in" she just looked at me as if i was stupid. imagine a store clerk trying to talk you out of a purchase of something they sell. haha. must computer mags now are $8 bucks, but at least they come with game demos. i rarely buy gun mags so this purchase was uncommon, but intended due to content.
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Why don't the mags we buy come with demos?[:(]
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 10:50:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/13/2001 10:46:51 PM EDT by ARChoo]
Originally Posted By HKocher: I was at Barnes & Noble late one night, I bought a copy of "Guns&Weapons of LE", a copy of Shotgun News and "Unintended Consequences." The young lady looked at me like I was an ebola carrier.[}:D] Things like that don't bother me anymore, in fact I tend to have fun with the people at their expense. The most annoying is sporting goods store employees. These people should expect to see gun related purchases, instead of acting like giddy school girls at the sight of gun related materials. Usually I get "ohhh, Scary!" when buying targets or gun cleaning supplies. My personal favorite, is when I run out of bulk ammo, and need to buy a couple boxes locally. "Damn! Are you preparing for WWIII???" when buying two boxes of 50rnds of 9mm. [rolleyes]
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One of my favorite passtimes is spending a couple of hours in Barnes n Nobles amongst the Liberal elite wearing my Glock t-shirt. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that these idiots are looking at me with contempt behind my back.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 11:23:11 PM EDT
Whenever I go to the little magazine shop down the street, I feel comfortable. But, when I'm looking at some gun magazine at the grocery atore or Walden Books, I get funny looks from lots of people. Don't you just love being feared? [:D]
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 11:23:42 PM EDT
HEY ARchoo, what book or artical did that Sigmund Freud quote come from?? e-mail me if you know, it is going to be really handy.
Link Posted: 11/13/2001 11:26:05 PM EDT
Good question. I stole the quote from someones website. Could be false for all I know, but it sure sounds cool, eh?
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 4:29:41 AM EDT
If I go to a Barnes & McNoble, or a Borders 'round Boston (usually populated with leftists of the nth degree) I'll shop for my mother and wife at the same time. I did this around Christmas last year, bought a Shotgun News, Gun List, several Wizard of Oz books, and a Koala calendar. The girl at the counter looked awful confused [:D]
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 5:14:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/14/2001 5:09:13 AM EDT by jvic]
I went to the grocery store Sunday and bought a couple of gun mags. The cashier asked if I would like to buy his pistol...that was a first...
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 6:32:08 AM EDT
I was once asked if I was into latex by a goth girl behind the counter at Barnes and Noble. I wonder what would have happened if I said "yes".... And all I was buying was a book on World Paper Money. Av.
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 8:00:17 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ARChoo: One of my favorite passtimes is spending a couple of hours in Barnes n Nobles amongst the Liberal elite wearing my Glock t-shirt. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that these idiots are looking at me with contempt behind my back.
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Every time I wear my Glock shirts people ask me if I am a Locksmith. For some reason they miss the big G and assume it says "Lock". Non gun people are stupid.
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 8:32:40 AM EDT
Something similar happened to me... I went to a military surplus store and bought a couple USGI mags. The hippie freak girl ringing me up asked me if I was a cop or a fireman. I simply said 'no' and took my mags and left.
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 8:43:48 AM EDT
I love the way the Wal-Mart people look at me when I buy a few hundred rounds of ammunition, a scope, etc... THey have this, who is guy going to assassinate look. It is just hillarious.
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 9:08:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/14/2001 9:36:02 AM EDT by Cypher214]
Damn, reading all this sure makes me glad I live in a gun-friendly state. I've never experienced these types of questions. Usually the comments are positive or the cashier doesn't say anything at all.
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 9:21:58 AM EDT
Borders is great cause I end up with a American Handgunner, Shotgun News, Weapons for LE, and Tactical Knives. They always stare at me. As to Glock tshirts, I got a HK golf shirt that just has the HK logo on it, and people ask me what "uk" is. Ice
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 9:24:37 AM EDT
Florida is pretty gun-friendly as well. I like to buy ammo in quantity when someone has a sale, and I usually don't see negative looks or hear anything bad about it. However, I now frequent the gun shops instead of the chain stores because most of them have stopped selling ammo/guns (usually the PC ones like K-Mart). Wal-Mart is still a good place, for now. But the gun shops usually has a few 'regulars' that hang around and it's good to talk with people with the same interest.
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 9:47:06 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 10:16:24 AM EDT
A Wal Mart just opened by me. I had a Monday off a few weeks ago and decided it was going to be a range day. I had 800 rounds of 9mm but decided since I had the whole day I should pick up some more. Anyway, I go to the counter and ask how many boxes he had of the Winchester? "4" Well how many do you have of the UMC? "4" he says again. I say I'll take all eight. He just sits there and stares at me like I'm crazy. Finally he says. "Do you really need all this ammo?" I just nodded. Didn't say another word through the transaction. It was so hard to keep from cracking a smile, he was so befuddled by my actions. I won't go back. Especially since I just realized the Ammoman is close enough for me to get to during lunch.
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 10:59:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 12:02:30 PM EDT
Tell them you work for the Post Office, and they shut up pretty quick.
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Hey I'm a postal worker and I resemble that remark!!! Especially since I sport a crewcut and usually wear camo BDU pants. I especially like telling the law enforcement guys practicing at the local indoor range after they see me blow the centers out of the targets. They always assume I'm in law enforcement too and always get a little concerned when I tell them I'm a postal worker......"Who you calling a psycho!!!!!!!!!"
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 12:13:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Avalon01: I was once asked if I was into latex by a goth girl behind the counter at Barnes and Noble. I wonder what would have happened if I said "yes".... And all I was buying was a book on World Paper Money. Av.
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Why can't these things happen to me?
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 12:31:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 12:53:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gunmonkey: Every time I wear my Glock shirts people ask me if I am a Locksmith. For some reason they miss the big G and assume it says "Lock". Non gun people are stupid.
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I have a Glock polo shirt that says, "Glock - Stocking Dealer." (I have a dealer friend who moves many-a-Glock.) People ask me if I sell stockings. [>:/] DrMark
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 4:02:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DzlBenz: OK, true story. I was at Galyan's, near my home, buying a bunch of Win Q3131a (whatever)
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Wow, you're kidding me. I was talking about that same Galyans (Lenexa if I remember right), back when I lived in Lawrence. I was buying 2 boxes of Winchester 9mm, and I got the opposite response. Small world though...
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 4:28:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DrMark:
Originally Posted By gunmonkey: Every time I wear my Glock shirts people ask me if I am a Locksmith. For some reason they miss the big G and assume it says "Lock". Non gun people are stupid.
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I have a Glock polo shirt that says, "Glock - Stocking Dealer." (I have a dealer friend who moves many-a-Glock.) People ask me if I sell stockings. [>:/] DrMark
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Oh, jeeze, Now I need some pain medication - I laughed so hard at this one, I think I re-cracked a rib... [:)]
Link Posted: 11/14/2001 5:27:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ty_223: Yesterday I was at Books-A-Million (Super Crown Books) buying a Shotgun News and out of the blue the sales person asked me what I do for a living while ringing up my order. This is the first time anyone has asked me this question when buying a gun publication.
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similar thing happened to me...but I was at Wal-greens to get a "passport" photo taken, to turn in with my CCW. Anyway, as she is ringing me up after taking the picture, she asks what I do for a living.... course I was wearing black pants, black t-shirt, and a Britsh DPM camo field jacket...of course I had just shaved my head the day before.... don't know what she could have been thinking, but it wasn't "Computer repairman".
Link Posted: 11/15/2001 2:04:09 PM EDT
this is a good one. i went to wlly word to pick up a couple of boxes of 22lr and a box of tamps for the wife.i was just going to go out and plink a little while she was naggy.the cashier said "thats a weird comination of products". i laughed and said if these dont stop it these will. man she turned white as a ghost
Link Posted: 11/15/2001 2:19:24 PM EDT
I've found that Tower Records has the best selection of gun mags, followed closely by BooksAMillion. B&N and Borders sometimes don't have as much to choose from. Whenever I go to any of the above stores, it's always the same. I take about 5 minutes to pick out what I want and my wife spends an hour or more browsing around the store. That means that I spend most of the time wandering around or sitting with an overpriced cup of crappy coffee while everybody gets these digusted looks on their faces when they see my selections. But I've also met several other gun guys who came over to chat when they saw the magazines I was reading.
Link Posted: 11/15/2001 3:03:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By zakcode: this is a good one. i went to wlly word to pick up a couple of boxes of 22lr and a box of tamps for the wife.i was just going to go out and plink a little while she was naggy.the cashier said "thats a weird comination of products". i laughed and said if these dont stop it these will. man she turned white as a ghost
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LOL
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 1:22:53 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/16/2001 4:19:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 455SD: You should always reply that you are a Postal worker.
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I am..... AND I DO [}:D] Bwuuuu Haaaaa Haaaaa Haaa Ha!!!
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