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As a person who also dresses in all black and was defined as a "serial killer" by plenty of people, including my girlfriend, I've learned smiling at strangers in public goes a long way to fight stereotypes. Just be sure to avoid smiling at children -- protective parents are the worst.

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34: for the most part, I'd agree with you about the smiling. But what if you have a creepy smile? Like the kind that says, "I'm planning on chopping you up and stuffing your body bits under my floorboards." -slow creepy smile-

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@59 If you have a smile like that, you might as well wear a smiley face t-shirt with the caption, "Don't check under the floorboards, officer!" I suggest avoiding all eye contact. Sunglasses preferred. If you must smile, toothless. Life lessons for the off-beat with Mr. Concise is now in session.

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@ The 69 Serial Killer - Luckily she told me after we started dating and finished with "but I don't think that anymore." It's been hard to keep her away from the freezer, though...

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66: do I have to have a shirt that is so blatant about it? Or could the smile and a shirt with a raven on it work just as well? Oh I suppose in the case of that story, a vulture. Though perhaps that reference would be too obscure.

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26 - I think a judge's job is to find out if someone is guilty of a crime or not, or to come to some type of conclusion in a civil case. If they did that by quickly judging people the court would only be in session for 30 seconds every case.

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65 - I'll thumb you up for that one. I worded it quite poorly, I apologize. I was trying to say judges don't judge quickly, because a judge who judged quickly wouldn't be a very good judge, as they might let that influence their final decision in the matter. I guess I was trying to point out judicial activism, and how most judges don't let such things influence their decision. It does happen, of course, but most judges don't succumb to it. Again, I worded it quite poorly. Never been very good with conveying what I mean with words. My apologies again. I understand why I've been down voted haha.

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I have to wear all black for work and often I identify other people on the way to the same job from their clothing so my gut reaction would probably be that OP was going to work lol. Definitely wouldn't ever think 'murderer'.

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I always thought that too. however gi Joe blew that concept out of the water with snakeeyes in all black and storm shadow in all white. just when you think you have it all figured out.

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The White Sox did the same thing with their "Good Guys Wear Black" ads. Also, and this is really going to show my age, cowboy actor William Boyd (aka Hopalong Cassidy) always wore black clothes and hats. Anyway, I think it's amazing how people can be thrown out of a place simply because one nervous person makes a scene. I know we're supposed to be vigilant these days, in light of possible terrorist attacks, but folks really do need to get a grip.

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