Took Plinko on a walk to Taco Bell while the BF got food. I generally get around 5 looks of disgust, and 3 people genuinely interested in what Plinko is. As I was idling outside Taco Bell, a couple started approaching me. The woman ran off in fear, yes, fear, and cowered by a nearby wall, while her shirtless boyfriend walked up to me and literally grabbed Plinko’s tail and squeezed.
I was slightly horrified, but tried to keep calm. The man seemed amused, and as he grinned, I noticed a missing tooth. He walked over to his girlfriend and tried to coerce her to come over. She was in a full-blown panic. She screeched, “No, that’s a bad woman! No! She’s bad!”
Needless to say I was bemused, as I had done nothing to make her think I was a bad person. She carefully walked over, still kind of tweaking out, with a look of utter horror on her face. As she approached me, her fear turned to amusement as she smiled and said “Is he a skink?”
I nodded, and she started petting him. ”He’s beautiful!” Her fingernails were dirty, she looked completely disheveled and her behavior was worrying. I realized these people were probably crackheads or methheads.. Some kind of mind altering substance abusers. She said, “I used to have Schneider’s Skinks!” Their bus pulled up after that, and they wandered off.
I was left freaked out and kind of feeling unsafe, when another man approached me. ”Is that an iguana?” He asked.
I said “No, it’s a blue tongue skink.”
"Oh, I only know much about iguanas," he said. "I eat them sometimes." He then grinned, and walked away.
Finally my BF came out of Taco Bell and we headed home… That was… a really interesting experience.. Only 15 minutes out in the neighborhood. and that happened. :/