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Have you ever had hostility from people while You Detect.

I would like to know if anyone else has met hostile people while you Metal Detect. I find dog walkers to be mostly ok , but some Dog Walkers have been hostile and one maniac wanted to punch.
Don't get me wrong 99% of people are Fine with me detecting but i have met Nasty Dog Walkers . Nasty Grass Cutter Men , 1 Nasty insane farmer on a footpath. Most of them hate the hole.
Are you digging the field up is something i have heard them say a few times.
 

Ism

Active member
I would like to know if anyone else has met hostile people while you Metal Detect. I find dog walkers to be mostly ok , but some Dog Walkers have been hostile and one maniac wanted to punch.
Don't get me wrong 99% of people are Fine with me detecting but i have met Nasty Dog Walkers . Nasty Grass Cutter Men , 1 Nasty insane farmer on a footpath. Most of them hate the hole.
Are you digging the field up is something i have heard them say a few times.

Not in the last 20 years. Are you digging a soccer field or public park with a relic shovel?
 

sprchng

Well-known member
For the most part the people I encounter are either curious or think a detectorist is just a homeless person looking for a little spare change but they're mistaken , I do have a home. The only ones I seem to consistently run a foul of are , you guessed it , middle age teachers with that middle age spread. Even though the property uses the word"public" in it's description , those NEA socialism promoting members all seem to think the schools are their own little fiefdoms. I have met with the public schools police force members who on all occasions have better things to do and make a point of telling me that but have to make an appearance to placate these psychos. They have "to the badge" told me they appreciate having an honest and trustworthy set of eyes present at the property while we are there instead of the normal vandals but the teachers are a lost cause , so are most of the students they preach to.:(
 

Ism

Active member
I asked because some people do use relic shovels in parks, schools, and sports fields. Yes, I know that a nice plug can be dug with a relic shovel, but the Karens of the world don't care.
They will run right up to city hall and complain. Next thing you know, there's an ordinance that bans detecting on "city" property.
 

GeorgeinSC

Well-known member
I was detecting in a city recreational area in NC. I was not near the soccer fields. Atctully was in a tot lot. Was approached and told that i could not detect i that area as the city had passed an ordnance plrohititing detecting on any city owned property. hE SAID THE REASON WAS THT GUYS WERE DIGGING UP THE SOCCER FIELDS WITH SHOVELS. He noioced my digging tool and said just dont go on the fields and dont ldig any deep holes.
He was telling the truth about the city ordnance. I found three silver items and some clad in the tot lot.
 

Mark kus

Well-known member
Yes ftom police officers! We had one that sent a rookie 20 something yo over to ask what me and a friend were doing?
We were at a private school right next to the police station well he left then his Sargent came over and asked my friend who’s a Ex state cop!
He started screaming at Gary as Gary knew him and tried telling him who he was but now Gary has long hair! Gary said hey it’s me Gary Ingles
The cop screaming at him said I don’t care who the F$;k you are I’ll arrest you! Unbelievable unprofessional I should have filed it and turned it over to his supervisor!
Total jerk of a cop!
Mark
 

Mark kus

Well-known member
IF want to scare people just carry a large shovel and start digging
:look:.Use a small hand spade and advise them you are looking for a lost item.:thumbup:
I’ve done that before looking for a lost personal item
 

BigTony

Well-known member
Two times for me. A gang of well built young males surrounded my friend while I was in the Port A John. When I came out I just smiled, (scared on the inside) and one guy asked me what we were doing. I told him how old that park was and what we were looking for, then he smiled. He said something to them and they left. I didn’t go back there for a long time.
The second time was strange. I just got out of the car and had my detector in hand. This strange guy runs towards the grass ahead of us and tosses a bagel at my friends head, then at me. I caught the bagel and threw it back at him. He said something like we were dangerous and he left , thank God.
Oh last one - a four foot snake feel out of a tree and hit me in the head. It slithered away so fast, I didn’t see where it went. Probably because I was shaking so much!
Tony
 

Dig2Deep

Active member
Two times for me. A gang of well built young males surrounded my friend while I was in the Port A John. When I came out I just smiled, (scared on the inside) and one guy asked me what we were doing. I told him how old that park was and what we were looking for, then he smiled. He said something to them and they left. I didn’t go back there for a long time.
The second time was strange. I just got out of the car and had my detector in hand. This strange guy runs towards the grass ahead of us and tosses a bagel at my friends head, then at me. I caught the bagel and threw it back at him. He said something like we were dangerous and he left , thank God.
Oh last one - a four foot snake feel out of a tree and hit me in the head. It slithered away so fast, I didn’t see where it went. Probably because I was shaking so much!
Tony
 

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