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Old 10-26-2013, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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I'm a security officer and part of my duties require me to observe and report any suspicious looking people on the property I work at and I have to admit that the moment I see a male with a hooded sweatshirt come on the property he automatically becomes "suspect number one". Not talking about wearing it with the hood down obviously but referring to the ones that wear the hood up. Not sure why but it just makes me feel like that person is up to no good and if something happened and saw the hooded person walking away from the scene along with a few other people he would be the first one I would question.

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Old 10-26-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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George Zimmerman....is that you?
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:26 PM
 
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Not suspicious to me at all, especially in cold weather.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:30 PM
 
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I don't really see it like that. Its an easy way to keep the wind/cold/rain off of your head and neck. I don't know why someone wanting protection from the weather would automatically become "suspect number one." Would you feel the same way if they were wearing a beanie and had a scarf pulled up around their neck and face?

The only thing I can think of is you feel uneasy not knowing who the person is. Having the hood up can keep someone's identity hidden. Are you monitoring an area where it is normal for a variety of people to also be in the same area? It would be one thing if you were monitoring a business after hours and you witnessed someone concealing their identity. But if it were a public place I wouldn't think anything of it, unless maybe it was 90* and someone was bundled up in a sweatshirt.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:58 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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I blame Ted Kaczynski, possibly the most famous "hooded" guy to date.



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Old 10-26-2013, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Same thing with people wearing sun glasses inside or when it's not sunny... Okay, no they just like douches. I don't know. Normal people don't wear hoods unless there's a reason to. Non-normal people are more likely to be doing something they shouldn't, I suppose. But back to the sun glasses, they aren't suspicious in particular.
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Normal people don't wear hoods unless there's a reason to. Non-normal people are more likely to be doing something they shouldn't, I suppose.
But the OP doesn't say that there is no reason for these people to be wearing their hoods up. He just states that anyone wearing a hooded sweatshirt becomes "suspect number one." The weather is getting cooler, its often windy or raining out and people want to protect themselves from the elements.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Maybe. I got the impression he was talking about "in a store," and he's not a security guard patrolling an outdoor market or a park or something. There's no reason to wear a hood inside a retail store.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Stuart, FL
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George Zimmerman felt the same way. I do wonder what the big deal is with wearing a hood.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I think it's an instinctive thing. We are instinctively suspicious of people who act as if they are hiding something. So if there's no particular reason to be wearing a hood and you're wearing one, in situations in which people are looking out for suspicious activity, then it probably will attract attention.

It's a little like a person who walks around a store with a heavy coat on during the summer. People will also consider that suspicious.
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