Is this type of behaviour (suspicion) relatively common in the US of A? Seems to pop up a lot in forums and threads. Have never experienced anything like that here in OZ.
Well it's happened to me here in OZ (Sydney) when I was doing "GC68XQY - Midnight Zone" in the southern suburbs of Sydney about a year ago. The local residents wanted to lynch me, as they thought I was a drug dealer. here's my log from the time:
After finding “The Maze #2”, just down the road at Port Botany, I was going to head straight off to work but it was a bit too early. So instead I drove the short distance to this new one for my second find of the day. Parked the geomobile in Clonard Way and walked over to GZ for a quick find. Signed the log book, and noted the clues for the mystery cache, before replacing as found.
I was getting ready to leave, just snapping a few pictures of the “view from GZ” before departure, when I noticed a group of about half a dozen people had gathered a couple of doors down from the bridge, in Esperance Close. I then noticed one of them had left the group and was walking toward me. He walked up to me and started quizzing me as to why I was hanging around the bridge and taking photos. He said that there had been a number of people acting suspiciously on the bridge during the past week, and he wanted to know what we were all up to. I assume it was all of the other “finders” since this one was published last week.
Luckily I carry brochures that explain our wonderful hobby of geocaching, so was able to defuse the situation quickly. He had actually heard of geocaching so all was good. We then got chatting and he said that they have had a lot of trouble in the past with drug transactions happening around (on and under) the bridge and he and the other residents thought it was happening all over again, so I could understand their concerns.
Anyway all was good in the end, and hopefully future cachers visiting this one won’t get the “third degree” like I did. TFTC.