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So, I work overnight freight at a major hardware chain. The shift ends about an hour after we open though. Usually we only see contractors come in between six and seven AM, so I rarely ever have to deal with crazy people. (Contractors tend to go straight to the item they want and then to the register, rarely talking to anyone.).
Well the other day was different. Apparently today someone didn't have their coffee and forgot how to act in public.
I was finishing up with my work, turned a corner and saw this customer about 20 feet away. I half-yell, "Good morning, is there anything I can help you find today?"
He responded by saying "I want to show you something," and then pulls out this knife, with the blade end of the knife facing me, and starts walking to me pretty quick.
Maybe it was because I suspected he wasn't going to stab me. Maybe it was because I had a rather large hammer in my hand and felt good about my chances of beaning him upside the head with it. (Hardware store after all). But I stood there pretty defensively, and about half way to reaching me he came to his senses and realized how things looked.
He stopped and said "No no I'm not trying to stab you. I'm just trying to show you the hilt of this knife that I've been making."
Turns out making knives is this guy's hobby.
Five minutes later he did the same thing to another associate. Again he didn't realize that people might not react well to a stranger pulling out a knife and jogging at them.