Mam, i will knife you right here.
Tl;dr customers wondering why I carry a knife for protection.
So when i started college (i went to a party school) , I started carrying a knife with me. Its only as big as the state allows, but its a good sized knife so you can see the clip on my pants as clear as day. It became a habit, and i even carry it on me at my waitstaff job. Management doesnt say anything cause they assume i use it to open boxes and whatever non lethal uses. I guess for some customers its off putting and for others its juat a conversation starter. Ive had my share of people notice it right away and say “Wow thats a big knife you got there.” And i just explain “yea its for protection and occasional utility use.” Like, duh.
But i remeber this SoccerMom with her two little boys and Husband who was not having it. I come up to their table all “Hi, how ya doing, what can i get you to drink” and she immediately spots the outline of my pocket knife and says “why on earth do you have that here? ” and discretely points.
When anyone asks about it, or notices it, i immediately cover it with my flattend hand incase its upsetting/spooking someone. (which has never been the case) I start to apologize, but i guess she thought i was going to pull it out and show her and she yells “no dont! i dont want my kids to see it! why the hell do you have that in your pocket???” i breath and reply “I go to a certian university thats known for shenannigans, so its for protection-” then this bitch interrupts me and says “well maybe you shouldnt be out with the riff raff if youre doing something that makes you feel like you need protection” I put my hand up to stop her “ mam, im an adult and I can do what I want. This knife is well within my rights. Bye. ” and I walk away. They ended up not staying and the lady shouted on her way out “This place used to be classy before they hired thugs! ” thug??? im like 5'6 and 135 lbs I cant even run up a flight of stairs. tf you mean.