Put Your Hands Up

@dorianna (512)
United States
November 30, 2015 5:35pm CST
Many years ago, I was on a 1st time house cleaning job in rural southwest Arkansas, USA. The husband was an old friend who had gotten married recently and he was the one who had hired me. I was told where a key would be hidden, given the security code and directions; I arrived in my work car which had big signs across the sides advertising my cleaning business. I found the key, went inside, punched in security code and starting cleaning the house. Out of the corner of my eye, while cleaning, I thought I saw someone in the yard. When I looked again, there was no one. There were no other homes around for a long distance. I was a little nervous but thought maybe it had been a utility man reading meters. Within a few minutes the doorbell rang. I generally do not answer phones or doors when I am working at a home, But the intruder rang the bell persistently so I opened the door a crack. Suddenly, the door was pushed open and a man in what looked like a gray mechanic's outfit pushed open the door, shoved a magnum 45 in my face and yelled, "Put your hands up sister". I complied. By nature I am a fighter and began a brain search for an escape. About that time another man dressed in similar attire walked in and searching the house for others. I had an apron on, duster sticking out my jeans pocket and a car with business signs. They began asking me what I was doing there and I explained. Apparently, the wife had forgot to set the alarm so it would not go off silently. The men were from the Sheriff's office which I finally noticed on their shirts. They never identified themselves as they should have done. They held me at gunpoint until I was able to reach the owner and he could verify I was legitimately there on a job. Have you had any harrowing experiences? held at gunpoint? What is the scariest experience you have had?
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@amadeo (64026)
• United States
30 Nov 15
No and never want to.This could be very scary.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
30 Nov 15
Indeed it was, I was badly shaken most of the day. I did call the Sheriff's office and gave him hell that they did not identify themselves. I was getting ready to make a run for it. I could have been killed. Initially, I thought they were burglars.
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@Drosophila (16718)
• Ireland
4 Dec 15
No, fortunately, I've never been held at gunpoint for trying to do my job! But then as technical support, I have been on the receiving end of some serious threats.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
4 Dec 15
@Drosophila I can just imagine some colorful words being fired at you..Fortunately, they cannot reach you ^_~
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@Drosophila (16718)
• Ireland
5 Dec 15
@dorianna My colleague was worse! He had someone threatening to come down n B up the building.. Oh the joy!
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
5 Dec 15
@Drosophila That can get a little scary with all the nuts walking into business for mass shootings.
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@jbaraka (241)
• Nairobi, Kenya
2 Dec 15
Ohh my what an experience. Hope the bowel didnt let go. #Just saying
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
2 Dec 15
no, I do not panic that easily
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@jbaraka (241)
• Nairobi, Kenya
2 Dec 15
@dorianna that is great, I know some people who can't hold it.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
2 Dec 15
@jbaraka after the initial shock, I was fine, just pissed off. Been thru worse than that in my life.
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@cindiowens (3842)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2 Dec 15
Oh my! What a terrifying experience. Thank goodness it was all straightened out.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
2 Dec 15
Yes, could have been disastrous with them not identifying themselves. I am glad I finally saw the tag on the shirts..I was going to try and run cause I thought they were burglars initially.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2 Dec 15
@dorianna You might have been shot had you run. I am glad it is in the past, and you are okay.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
2 Dec 15
@cindiowens That is what had me shaken up the most, the near probability of being shot because the idiots didn't identify themselves. I've always had good luck in sticky situations. Hope it stays that way.
@sofssu (14470)
1 Dec 15
Wow.. now that sounds like a thrilling story.. I've never had such dramatic encounters.. I wonder what I would have done..
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
1 Dec 15
You sure don't have much time to think. I am just glad I didn't try to escape..in my mind I was already trying to think of a way out thinking that they were burglars until I saw the name tags on their shirts. They should have identified themselves. They reminded me of the backwoods Sheriff's in movies that sort of make their own rules.
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@sofssu (14470)
1 Dec 15
@dorianna It could have been really dangerous if you had tried to escape.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@sofssu Yes, why I was so upset and called the Sheriff about their not identifying themselves. I had thought they were burglars. I could have been shot.
@slund2041 (3380)
• United States
5 Dec 15
wow! What an horrible experience you had while trying to do your job. Did you keep the cleaning job there, or did you quit?
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
5 Dec 15
I didn't have to quit..it was a one time only for a special occasion. However, I would probably have kept it..I have had clients forget their alarms before but usually not silently giving me ample warning to leave and call them at work. Never with such dangerous circumstances before. Those back woods sheriff's weren't too bright or just don't care.
@norcal (3215)
• Nevada City, California
2 Dec 15
I hope you got hazard pay for that one!
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
2 Dec 15
I made good money for it but nothing extra but an apology. The husband made his wife call me to apologize personally.
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@troyburns (1430)
• New Zealand
1 Dec 15
Happily, I live in a country which doesn't have an obsession with lethal weapons. The most harrowing experience I've had is knowing that if the wind changed, my house would be destroyed in a bushfire.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
1 Dec 15
Ouch, that is kind of scary..if I had a choice I would rather be shot than burn in a fire ^_~
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@gudheart (12752)
1 Dec 15
Sounds terrifying :( Luckily I have not experienced anything like that and hope never to do so.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
1 Dec 15
It had me shaken up, more over what could have happened then what actually did.
@3876745Ok (174)
• Guangzhou, China
1 Dec 15
Oh,my God,If you are pointing at me,I'm sure I'll get dizzy
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
1 Dec 15
It is surprising where we draw the calm from even though trembling inside.
@Juliaacv (29613)
• Canada
30 Nov 15
What an awful experience! I bet that you don't go into homes easily since then.
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@dorianna (512)
• United States
30 Nov 15
It was my livelihood for over 30 years, Of course I did. I couldn't give up my business. I was a little unnerved for the day. Then I was fine. I have many scary experiences. Some stories I will share in time.
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@shshiju (10378)
• Cochin, India
2 Dec 15
that is of course scary, rude behavior from officers. they have to avoid the scene by identifying themselves.
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@birjudanak (7155)
• India
2 Dec 15
its really scary experience and at that time the person suffering from it only know that what is fear,sometimes in this situation we dont know what to do and even cant speak properly.
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