Edit - just to stay on-topic.
The only abusive comments I've heard came from the subjects when I showed them the finished prints. When I was a kid I had the knack of hitting the worst possible moment, kind of like an evil H.C-B.
Texans must really like Glocks. They even have a congressional district shaped like one. Really!
None yet, but it's always in the back of my mind that somebody will come out of the woodwork. I'm usually thinking "what if they take my camera?" rather than "what if they chop me up into little pieces?". I was photographing at the end of a long rural driveway the other day and a burly looking guy approached and gave me some location tips! It was also near a train station and my first words to him were "don't worry, I'm not a train spotter". Actually, I get the impression people are more scared of us. We're like spiders.
People are generally politely curious in my experience. But then again, I don't do street photography... only driveway photography. Maybe I'll branch out to people's gardens at some point, who knows. :ninja:
Handguns are for gangsters and tourists.
Back on topic.... :whistling:
Apart from the occasional heart-stopping scream by passing motorists, (you know the type - the good ol' boys who like to play baseball with mail boxes on country roads) I can only think of one comment that put me off my dinner, so to speak. I was doing some shooting of railroad tracks along one of Windsor, Ontario's more colourful streets when something akin to a mirage appeared in the distance. It appeared to be someone walking, but the motion was all wrong, like there were extra joints in the hips or something. Within a few moments the mirage had resolved itself into a badly dressed, badly made up, badly aging woman who was thrusting her hips from side to side as she walked, in what she could only have supposed was a provocative manner. I did my best to ignore this approaching horror, but as she passed, she croaked, "you can take pictures of ME, honey." I couldn't have packed up and retreated any faster if she had pulled a gun on me. :blink: