Bum: Hey man, ya got some change?
Me: NO! “Keep on walking”
Bum: walks away.
Bum: You got a dolla to spare bro?
Me: NO! “Keep walking”
Bum: Mumbles and looks the other way.
The method of being firm and speaking from your stomach is what’s recommended by known experience defensive instructors and those who have put such action to the test. Based on the response of the panhandlers, not just ignoring but stating the No! is effective for most cases. This is a good way to work out your peripheral vision.
- It firmly shows them where you stand
- This will make aware of other folks within your proximity and naturally forces them to look and see what’s sup
- If this was a disguised would be attacker or robber, hey or they might think twice since now you both just created attention
You don’t need to say much, or get nasty, be short and firm. The power of a firmness tone goes a long way. I always have a pepper spray in my hand or pocket ready to deploy if the color condition intensifies. Keep in mind that the force you use should be proportional and your gun might not always be the solution to the problem.