Some interesting points, some germain, some not so much.
Folks, careful about "what ifing" things too much. Then again, what's too much?
Hinting may or may not be construed as brandinshing, may or may not be construed as threatening, and even assault at times depending on the totality of the facts and circumstances.
I caution to treat hinting as a criminal act because the odds are better than even that the authorities will act as if it is.
Meriam Webster's: Main Entry: ci·vil·ian Pronunciation: \sə-ˈvil-yən also -ˈvi-yən\, Function: noun, Date: 14th century, 1: a specialist in Roman or modern civil law, 2 a: one not on active duty in the armed services or not on a police or firefighting force b: outsider 1, — civilian adjective