Approached by someone in a parking lot is what motivated me to carry a 2nd gun.
Years ago, Wal-Mart parking lot, unloading my cart, I see a "shady" guy approaching and it is obvious he is going to ask me something; I start shaking my head NO but he keeps coming, I continue shaking my head NO and now I'm saying NO, NO, - he turns around and walks to a van parked a couple lanes over that has another visible occupant waiting.
I had a Glock IWB but could not put my hand on it without revealing I'm carrying. I would have preferred that option in case "shady guy" did not abort the encounter. Lesson learned.
I do not have conversations with "shady"
people approaching me at gas pumps, in parking lots, ect... All I'm going to be saying is NO. If they continue forth with me shaking my head NO and saying NO now I have the option to put my hand into pocket and onto a gun. I've not had them get within 6 ft nor do I want them too. My disdain for interaction is going to be blatant well prior to them getting that close. I'm 6'1 about 205# (not a small target) so a stranger that would continue approaching when I am obviously not wanting to interact possibly has dubious intent.
I saw the other thread about homeless guy at door.
I carry at home whenever I've got on shorts and seldom open the door for unexpected people.
Last week, doorbell rings and my German Shepherd immediately barks and barks (Bullmastiff doesn't bark for trivial things like doorbell). I wait a little and figure I'll retrieve the package left at the door, incorrectly assuming it was a Amazon delivery. I open the door and there is a guy standing there, he turns 45 degrees when my GSD sticks his head around me. The guy has Palm trees on a trailer he is selling. I say I have no room for a tree. He says he can make me a deal, I repeat louder I have no room for a tree. He tries to give me a card which I decline and close door. My son is humored by this, how my voice increased. I say well, I was still nice; I wasn't rude. I tell my wife about it when she gets home and she is disappointed I didn't buy a palm tree.