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Fast food drive-thru

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Here is a scenario involving the many drive-thru's that we frequent on a daily basis. I went for a drive with my older son tonight for some father and son time (I went to work today). My son said that he would like to have Mcdonalds and I said why not. I'll just get a coffee coolata while I'm there. I drive up the the fast food joint and saw that it was full inside and decided that the drive-thru would be a little faster. So there I was after ordering, stuck between two cars and in a single lane with no way of getting out if I wanted to. This single lane had me between the the wall on one side and a hedge on the other. This is when it occurred to me that this is a perfect place to get robbed or carjacked because I had no outlet until the car in front of me moved.

How would you handle a situation where two perps come to your driver side window and passenger window and they are armed with guns. I never drive with my doors unlocked and my windows are always rolled up. Upon seeing a gun would you shoot through your own window at the robbers when you have a chance or would you just not go to the drive-thru anymore. There was a case in West Palm Beach at a Wendys where this guy shot a few people and killed a firefighter then took his own life. So it's not that much safer inside these places either. What do you do? Once you start carrying it's amazing how you don't stop thinking about your surroundings. I would appreciate any feedback whether good or bad. thanks.
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Always keep your guard up.
Oh, I completely agree with you that we should try for that. But I always try to give it a little extra depending on where I am and what is going on around me.

I can't run around always keyed up expecting an attack. I doubt anybody can run at that state constantly. I find myself trying to judge the situation and revving up when the danger increases.

Here is an example. Last night I had to make a change in downtown Miami that lasted till 2:00 AM. I was one of only two customers in this building. This building has armed guards 24x7 and one must pass through a magnetometer as well as have their bags physically checked to enter this building. In this building, I was relaxed.

Outside of this building, there are cameras covering all entrances as well as the parking lot. The parking lot is within sight of one armed guard that I know. I was only slightly elevated when going to my car. I armed myself the first thing inside the car.

On the drive home, after 2:00 AM, I passed several small groups of what appeared to be thugs. Each time I spotted a group, I got a little more attentive.

I stopped at a stop light and a car pulled up. I glanced over and saw 4 youths in the car, two male, one female and one undetermined. I revved up higher than I had previously done.

The female in the back seat nearest my window started to holler over telling me about her breasts and started to pull her top up. I put my hand on my weapon.

The light changed, they turned left and I went straight. I relaxed almost back down to where I was earlier. When I had made a few turns and figured there was no way they could catch up to me, I relaxed back to my normal late night driving level.

If I was at a drive thru with customers walking around and an old lady at the register in day time I'm going to be more relaxed than if I was there with a group of apparent tough guys hanging around the parking lot and another who looked similar at the register late at night.

So, what I am trying to say with all this drivel is that I can not run at peak levels all the time. I try to judge the level of threat and adjust in accordance with the perceived level.
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