Freaking Out the Checkout Girl at Wal-Mart (on accident)
So, it's four in the morning and I need some tortillas and hair-dye (don't judge, I work strange hours) and I decide to go to the only open store (Wal-blah). While waiting in line I'm vaping per-the-norm when the girl behind me starts spouting off stuff about smoking an illicit substance. I don't even realize what she's saying until the cashier literally jumps away from her post and starts waving her arms like she's being swarmed by bees (with knives). So I'm like "no no, it's just vapor and it can't hurt you." And cashier's like, "I've never smoked anything in my whole life and it's bad enough when people come through my line smelling like *illicit substance* but, what if I breathed some of that in!" So, I'm calming her down explaining it's the same stuff in asthma inhalers or the poof at rock concerts and skating rinks and it's not a drug. The other girl went off again about how she'd be sure to use it for smoking *illicit substance*.
I wanted to konk her out with my Vamo but, instead I exited politely after explaining again that I don't do any of those things because they are illegal and it's just water vapor and there is no risk associated with second-hand vape.
That's why I choose to not vape in places where smoking isn't allowed, even if vaping is
I find it less aggravating to just not vape instead of trying to explain it to someone
The next day another employee came up to us to tell us he'd just ordered his first kit. He was so excited. He said he'd read my blog after talking with us because he'd seen us vaping. I think it's worth it to deal with the few idiots here and there if I can possibly save/alter someone's life for the better. I'm not hiding in the shadows anymore. I vape and I'm proud. I will always try and be respectful and appropriate but I refuse to let the screaming idiots snuff out this amazing discovery. Everyone needs to know and the more of us there are, the less chance the FDA can just take them away from us on a whim.
Originally Posted by DeathsMistress
I vape in public also. I get strange looks all the time but no one has said anything to me. I vape in the grocery store, department stores, drug stores, any where I'm happen to be. I've never had anyone ask what it is but I'd be happy to explain if someone did. Educate the masses, they need it. Most smokers are always looking for a way to quit and a shocking amount of people know nothing about e-cigs. My wife says no one ask or says anything because I'm scary (6'3",220lbs, covered in tattoos) but I think it's because they are scared of looking ignorant. The only time I draw the line is if kids are in close proximity and that's just out of respect for the children.
I don't usually vape in public spaces like in line at a retail store, it would draw way too much attention in a line. I can wait until I'm outside. However I do stealth vape when no one is around and I feel like getting some nic
I stealth all over the place and sometimes I am not so stealthy. So far I have never had a problem.
People always approach me but I'm not very imposing. Funny hair, tattoos and I dress weird. Maybe I just look like I'm asking for friends or something. Haha.
I don't have any aversions to vaping in public places (I do it fairly often), but I can't imagine feeling the need to in a checkout line (at Wal-Mart, or anywhere else.) If I did though, I would likely prepare myself for the high potential for comments (such as the OP experienced.)
Typically - I chose to leave my PV in the car for quick run-in/outs (not always, of course - but I do tend to pick my vaping spots with the above in mind.)
One stupid situation diffused and one new vaper (and possibly his girl friend). The idea is to familiarise people with it, be respectful and informative. When I first tried vaping (and failed) I didn't know anybody else it had worked for or even tried it. My goal is to share this wonderful invention not to hide. Ten of my friends have started vaping locally and two from other states. Most of this stared with a simple "what's that?" I feel that vaping could potentially change the testy of my life and every one's life who ever tries it. A little ignorance is to be expected the moment we step out of our doors. I'm not in people's faces about it but, after hiding my horrible addiction for so long it's really nice to step in out of the cold.
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