How to Reassure Someone

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Reader Comments (32)

Is it weird that I'm afraid to take pictures of public things because I think someone will get suspicious and I'll ultimately have to justify having a camera?

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

Loved the second and third panels. Great punchlines!

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlvarado

Rick makes a horrible "the man", its too easy to "stick it to" him.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacheMan

Holy cow, I had this exact conversation like a month ago.
What are the odds???

Then again, I relate to Rick in a lot of other ways too, so I guess I have bigger things to worry about....

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDescriptor

Amazing stuff. Keep it up!

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJackFTW


August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRandy March

Second panel is my favorite in this one. I don't know how you manage to do so many of these and still bring the funny.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHair

Panel 2 reminds me of a joke done by Rowan Atkinson in Black Adder, found here

Only I'm pretty sure Percy didn't feel reassured, perhaps the Black Adder could of benefited from today's Basic Instruction!

Note from Scott: If I'm gonna be influenced by someone, it might as well be Edmund Blackadder.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJawfin

Ah, yes, the post-9/11 environment, where taking a simple picture of... uh... your environment... can possibly get you arrested!

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

"Is it weird that I'm afraid to take pictures of public things because I think someone will get suspicious and I'll ultimately have to justify having a camera?"

Sadly, no.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ'onn D'oh

Definitely my favorite strip this year. Got several annoyed looks from my wife as I laughed out loud (in ALL panels - I rarely do this).

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel

Put me down as surprised by the ending. I figured after he found out from the policeman that it wasn't a red light camera the next panel would be Rick continuing that he was asked why he was interested, told the police because he was worried after having run a red light there, and finishing with getting a ticket from the officer.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHari

This may be the first time Rick has stuck it to anyone!

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Ew, that's a fanfic I don't want to read.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSock Puppet

This has to be my favorite BI first panel ever.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSlappy

I take pictures of store signs, special offers, and items that I intend to research online before purchasing. That might be weird, but I don't know if it's suspicious.

Also, I guess they might suspect - wrongly - that I work for a different store and am comparing prices, or maybe doing something grubbier, such as putting fake prices on their store shelves to cause arguments with their customers.

Also, only after I made a case to wear my tablet computer on a cord around my neck in a case with a carefully cut-out hole for the camera, did I realise that this looks very creepy indeed.

As for red lights, I'm a cyclist and I only pass a red light if I'm distracted, and it doesn't happen often. Conversely, I pay less attention to the traffic light than to the behaviour of other road users, which is usually the distraction.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

i clicked the affiliate link, and then thought where's perry?

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaedo Drax

Don't worry about Canada. Very often, we can buy stuff directly from too. Sometimes, depending on the exchange rate, it may even be cheaper.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal

One of my hobbies is 3D modelling and animation. For many years, I worked in a very interesting building for a major multinational petrochemical company. One day, I decided to wander around the building taking pictures of it from every angle so I could make a 3D model of it for a website I was doing for the building management group -- flash with a model of the building, and individual floors could be whisked out of it to show the layout.

Someone did, indeed, report me for being suspicious, and I had to explain it to security before I got building management to confirm that I was working on a web project for that building, and that my photography was likely linked to that work...

Apparently multinational petrochemical corporations are worried about saboteurs and terrorists trying to map out their buildings.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

"Turns out the best way to get help is to act suspicious."

Hilarious... and true......

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

"Turns out the best way to get help is to act suspicious."

Yes... if "help" is equivalent to police batons and Tasers.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikeK

I'm not sure this a post-9/11 thing. When I was a tyke, a decade before the world wide web proliferated, my mom worked for a real estate appraiser. Part of her job involved getting pictures of "comps"; that is, houses that were sold recently that were similar to the house they were appraising. Since there wasn't a digital database of such pictures, this meant driving around the metropolitan area and snapping pictures of other people's houses, then driving off. There were some incidents with homeowners.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter1Mac

"the best way to get help is act suspicious." I've found this to be true myself, whenever i need assistance at a store and an associate is nowhere to be found, i just put my hands deep into my pockets and begin hovering really close to something expensive and looking both ways every few seconds. Acting like your shoplifting gets you help in no time.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustice_junkies

At least in Washington State, every camera has to have a sign before the intersection announcing that it is there.

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzzyzx

I bought two of the bottles using the UK link and they just arrived, which is perfect because boy am I ever thirsty.

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Back when I worked in retail, I was taught to always ask suspicious looking people if they needed help.
If they are up to no good, then they know they're being watched and move on to easier pickings. Also, a store employee who is just being paranoid won't run the risk of offending the customer with false accusations that way.

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Heh. Like Drowlord, I sometimes play with 3D modeling and animation. I thought a nearby oil refinery looked interesting to model after -- all those silos and pipes wrapping around each other. I don't think I got to snap the shutter more than 3 or 4 times before two cop cars showed up. Talk about jumpy! That was probably 2002 -- so far too close to 9/11 I guess. Still, it was pretty strange to be stopped for taking pictures of something you can see plainly from the street.

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterjoeHope

Classic. This reminds me of the time I took a picture of a fire extinguisher on a commuter train, and was promptly pulled aside by a sheriff's deputy who wanted to know why I was photographing the train's safety equipment. He seemed to think I was a terrorist cleverly disguised as a scruffy college kid with an old digital camera.

I finally had to pull up the two (!) photos I'd taken, lead him back to the fire extinguisher in question, and show him that its label indicated it was manufactured by a firm called "Marx Bros." It took him several seconds to get the joke.

I don't know what's scarier--that the Marx Brothers are now making fire extinguishers, or that I'm the only one who thinks that's scary. What do you think, Rick?

August 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I'm so glad you pointed out the flaw of the phrase "it's a simple yes or no question"

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

The reason Amazon Canada sells mostly books is the reason pointed out in an earlier comment--that we can buy everything from the US site--plus the fact that Canada has an especially high import tax on books, to support local culture. So Amazon redirects us to their Canadian site to ship us books from their Canadian warehouses. Or we can buy our books from, which is Canadian to begin with.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRandom Canadian

@EaglesQuestions: "Is it weird that I'm afraid to take pictures of public things because I think someone will get suspicious and I'll ultimately have to justify having a camera?"

Wow, that question is just shy of 2 years old, yet it sounds like something from another era. There is no longer a phone manufacturer who bothers to justify having a camera. Some don't even justify having a perfectly silent camera.

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArchive Binging

Comics like these are why I love you Scott!

April 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAdam
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