Not at the shop, but it rather fits the mentality of these posts--
Two of my sons were in Hunters' Safety class together. At that time, they were on both sides of 11-years-old. Fortunately, I was allowed to take it with them as an observer. In the classroom portion of the course, they had already read and been shown the proper way to check to be certain a gun is unloaded--visual and finger.
We were at the local range for the Field Day portion of the course--handling real/live firearms and shooting a bit.
At one station, a small, overly energized, enthusiastic, older woman instructed the youngsters in how to ensure that the chamber was indeed empty. She pulled a 20 guage pump from the back of a rig. Turned toward the cluster of attentive youngsters, and racked the action maybe six times as fast/fiercely as she could. (An ugly sight!) She emphatically stated, "Now you know it is not loaded!" No visual, no finger check. She turned and put the gun down. My sons both looked up at me with the "Daddy, is she really that much of an idiot?!" look that only boys can purely express.
They are in their twenties now, and when we pretend to be her, or we mention her, they still shake their heads.
For the sake of the other youngsters' lives, I should have spoken up and mentioned the possibility of a round being stuck in the chamber and extractors malfunctioning. But, on looking in their faces, they too knew she was a bit off the beam.
Edited by FromTheWoods, 19 April 2011 - 04:47 PM.