Put Operation "Plastic Banana" into affect last Saturday. Open carried a yellow plastic banana in my OWB holster, into Foster and Smiths in Rhinelander. Had two loaded mags on my weak side, loaded with real bullets, not banana seeds. No guns allowed in retail store.
One of our friends that works there took my picture, to show the manager, who I had a nice gun talk with a couple of months ago. Got a few double takes, probably more than WITH a firearm. Probably more noticeable tho. Got one distinct nod and grin from another guy about my age, but no comments from the public.
Bought two bags of dog food. some Charlie Bears and other treats. As I was checking out a cashier I don't know came over and asked "what's with the banana?" I said "you don't allow me to carry a firearm in here". Unfortunately, everyone in the store showed up to check out right then and so I did not think it proper to stand around and state my case. Maybe they showed up to see the fireworks, who knows? A third person I didn't know was bagging and said " I have my concealed carry" and I just said "good for you".
I felt much safer than with an empty holster. I'm sure the bad guys would have been laughing so hard they would have fallen down. Truth be told, there are probably as many people or more who like the no guns allowed policy, than don't. Gonna be a work in progress, so I'll be back with my banana!