I agree. Under the circumstances, you did great.merlock said:I think you did fine.
True in the overall sense, but just like you said about the need to avoid conflict, sometimes it is best to just grin and cover up than get into a conversation with a jerk.1) Not listened to dummy telling me to cover it up. He is a nobody. Covering it up gives the appearance of it being wrong.
Yes and no. The lady could have lied and really been calling the police. Instead of saying nothing at all, next time say something like "If you are calling the police, tell them I have a valid license to carry."2) Not asked the employee if she was calling the police. This made it seem as if I was actually breaking the law because I was worried.
Well, yes that would have been ideal, but frankly when I am getting a haircut or in other situations where I have to make small talk with people I don't know, if they keep pressing a topic or point that I have repeatedly said otherwise, then after a point I just say whatever they want to hear just to shut them up or change the subject (whether it is a misleading statement or outright lie depends on the situation and how annoyed I have become... that avoiding conflict thing again).3) Not told her I work for a gov't agency. I think they got the wrong impression by this statement, thinking that is why I carry the gun. I would much rather them see me as a citizen doing this.
If you want to avoid possible problems and stupid conversations when you do not want any, yes. Or if you have the time for education and you know you will probably be removing your concealing clothing (like your jacket), you can open carry into the store so the people won't be as shocked and you will be ready for the looks, questions and comments.4) Not let my gun be seen in the first place.
Hard to say, sounded more like they didn't believe you were not a LEO more than they thought you were a worried criminal.5) I should have stated one time that I am legally carrying and that I am not a police officer. Repeatedly stating this made it seem like I was worried.