I looked back to July and didn't see anything matching this topic so figured I'd present the question to you all....
We've all been there, whether it's a shady POE, run-in with a junkie etc.
Not necessarily police/security cause that would just mean getting CAUGHT.
The "Oh Shit" moments I'm talking about are more of the "sinking feeling in your stomach" variety.
So I ask you, what are a few of your "OH SHIT" moments?
I will kick off this thread with one of my own:
One night we met up with our UE pal Cowboy. He was taking us to a location (this one: http://www.uer.ca/...d=1&threadid=93627
this place's days are limited, it's in the process of becoming a retail store so I don't think POE details matter anymore)
and was going to accompany us for the explore.
So after a sketch ass climb to the roof (on electrical boxes, random junk, anything protruding from the wall) he shows us the POE. Through a window onto a ledge that was MAYBE a foot wide, then scoot, belly to the wall, to a platform and climb down a story. In complete blackness. Uh...NO.
There are maybe 2 more ways in but nothing quick and all require a lot of upper body strength and a big jump down.
Turns out something came up and Cowboy has to leave before we even get inside.
He leaves, and we find a different POE. Equally sketch but we REALLY wanted to get inside. Lower yourself through a small hole in a skylight onto a pipe where you balance and then lower yourself onto a shelf/rack, then climb down some shaky electrical pipes on the wall.
It's not quick an easy and once inside everything is locked tight. No exits.
So....all that aside we start to walk around and take pics. Pitch black inside.
We hear noises but laugh it off.
About 30min in we notice a tent set up in the center of the rink. Now my details are a bit fuzzy, I don't remember if the guy was in the tent or if he approached us but bottom line there was this guy and he had been WATCHING us in the dark.
He seemed like a normal squatter. Pretty well spoken and didn't seem dangerous.
We start talking to him and everything seems ok.
We introduce ourselves and when he reaches his hand out to shake hands, my headlamp picks up that his fingernails are long and filthy. Like underneath his nails you know?
Red flag #1. From the way he is talking the fingernails don't seem to mesh with me. I get a little uncomfortable but play it off. Clyde and the guy are chatting away and all of a sudden the guy asks "hey do you have smartphones?"
Clyde: yes...(then I shoot him a look and he says "well not on us".
This guy goes on a tirade! He says he "got that feeling" from us because he is allergic to smartphones. He starts talking so fast and crazy that spit is forming in the corners of his mouth. He says smartphones infect your brain and he can pick up the frequencies or some shit and all I hear is Charlie Brown's teacher's voice because what I'm really thinking of is how fast can we get to our POE, climb all that shit to the skylight and get off a roof????
We are in the center of the rink and FAR from our escape route.
So then I'm thinking "FUCK! When is the correct moment to pepperspray someone like this? Will it even be effective?" I've seen inmates take a CLOUD of pepperspray without flinching. Crazy people tend to be crazy strong! So I sit there and smile and nod with a blank look in my eyes, kinda like Michael Corleone in the Godfather restaurant scene.
This goes on for 10minutes building up to a fucking crescendo which I'M thinking will be him screaming and tearing our throats out with his teeth.
Finally I interrupt and say "Hey our friend Doug is outside with his gf and are waiting for us to help them inside" and Clyde and I back away slowly.
Clyde isn't as shaken as me cuz he's a GUY but I tend to go on gut feelings and felt ready to puke. We manage to gtfo of there basically BOUNCING up to the POE from the ground.
We did visit this place many more times but never alone.
Also, we always left snacks for our "new friend" along with a note.
Turns out he wasn't so bad and even asked another group of explorers if they knew us and referred to us as "friends". He had been watching them too lol.