One of my least favorite day to day things about the US suburbs is when you happen to have a backpack on when you go into a store, you are often eyed with clear suspicion you must be a thief.

Not that you might have walked, or taken the bus or train, but that if you didn't leave your bag in a car, you are suspicious.

@dctrud But if you open-carry a weapon, it's fine. Makes total sense. 💯 :flan_facepalm:

@claudiom open-carry laws here are indeed awful. But... at least I have a chance to see and leave. I am more disturbed by thinking about how many people might be concealed carrying weapons.

@dctrud mixed feelings about this here in Denton where 1/3 of the population is college students. They walk to Kroger with a backpack because that is a normal thing to do. On the other hand, thieves know that so go in with backpacks and try to shoplift t-bones. Whatcha gonna do? 🤷

@cs I'd argue it's simple... You only treat someone like a thief if you actually catch them thieving.

Spent a lot of time in places in the UK where there are tons of people with backpacks in stores, as we're students and commuters carrying our work laptop etc. Never was made to feel like I was suspicious, though there is the same kind of theft going on generally.

I don't think the behavior of the few warrants suspicion of the many.

@cs Coming from that it really is super weird the level of backpack suspicion here, and the number of places that even insist you leave your bag at the front as you go in.

@dctrud @cs

In Germany, one of the relatively few places I have encountered with a "leave your bag" policy is the big electronics chain, CONRAD. But they have a bank of simple lockers at the front. You put in a Euro coin & take the key ― when you bring the key back to retrieve your belongings, you get the coin back.

This kind of locker is ubiquitous at museums, public baths, & so on.

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