Post # 1
Because of people like this:
Now, I wasn’t there, but a question like that is usually friendly. It sounds like Wawra just isn’t used to making conversation with strangers. I think it’s much more likely these guys were going to offer up some free tickets they had than they were trying to cause trouble.
Post # 3
I just read some of the comments now (hadn’t when I made the OP) and according to those, the guys WERE handing out free passes!
Post # 4
I read about that today! WTH would he have done if he had been allowed to carry his gun, threaten them??? That is so crazy!
Post # 5
Much more likely that they would apologize for getting in the way of his bullet if he had a gun to shoot them with than that they had bad intentions.
Post # 6
I wonder what he would have wrote if he came across one of the dozens of free pancake breakfasts?
Post # 7
I can’t help but feel bad for the poor guy. He clearly carries around a lot of anxiety and now he’s basically made a fool of himself on a public stage. He’s not going to remember his vacation fondly and that’s sad because Stampede was pretty epic this year!
Post # 8
I will admit, as a US citizen, I always question why a stranger is talking to me. And if they are being nice, I always have this nagging feeling in the back of my head that they are just trying to lure me. I’ve read and seen programs about how the US is trained in fear – how our news only relays tragedies and the worst of humankinds actions, and both my SO and I agree. I am very cold and bitter towards humanity as a whole most days because the blatant lack of consideration for others that I encounter on a daily basis.
I have never been to Canada, so I don’t know if people are different there then here, but I just know that most days I wish I was in another country.
Post # 9
Oh wow. I can’t believe that such a simple question would be construed as aggression! It makes me very glad to have such strict gun laws in the UK.
Post # 10
@sleepingbeauty88: I have to say that it’s not unusual to talk to a total stranger in Canada, especially in tourist spots, and especially when something as big as the Calgary Stampede is on. (It’s a huge party festival and this year was the 100th celebration of it – so really big party festival = many very happy people.)
We’re just polite in general. We chat. And we don’t carry guns.