Once I had to take my bass into work so I could leave for a gig afterwards - a fairly new job so I wasn't too tight with anyone yet. One guy saw my hard case and I was walking towards him to say good morning - his eyes got huge and asked me if I was carrying a huge gun!! Genuine concern too. This was pre 9-11 but as I recall post "going postal." No one has ever asked me that again, but I am now more aware of people's slight look of panic when I load into a venue carrying my case, every once in a while I can tell they think it's an assault rifle in molded case!! Anyone else ever get this?