You see this and what is your decision? First thing out of your gut/head.

If the answer is: “I am getting out of here” you will have no argument from me.  What we can gather is that there is a likelihood that something happened that required the presence of Law Enforcement and at least guns are involved. This is not a ” I must go in or else” location so other than being bothered a bit and having your routine changed, there is no true loss in you going away. Even if you later find out that there was nothing truly dangerous going on, we always default to actions and strategies that keeps us safe. Feeling foolish is just a feeling that goes away rather quickly; injury and death tend to be longer-lasting.

Do you want to know details for the hell of it? This pic was taken on my way out of the place. They were checking out an intoxicated person sleeping in front of a store about 2 doors down. I had seen the individual when I came in, assessed and my gut told me he was too much into Baccus’ juice to be of an immediate threat. There are some LEOs that go to the gym and maybe one of them may have called or somebody else did.

And again, if you have arrived at this moment and then turned around and left, you would not only have no arguments from me, but I would applaud your strategy.

Avoidance, deterrence & de-escalation: Words we live by.

Never dismiss your instincts when they point to survival.


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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

3 thoughts on “First Impressions Matter”
  1. Observation is a skill very few have…thinking is also a skill very few have.. I have been on site at a store working and local police show up. I casually make my way to my work van until they leave… shop lifting is big in the stores I haunt..

  2. Two cruisers parked neatly, no lights flashing, can’t see a disturbance anywhere. Probably not a threat. I would make sure I paid closer attention than normal though

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