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Bank teller fired after chasing down robber

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smallpotatoes, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member


    Was he stupid or heroic?
    I probably wouldn't have done it, but then again, maybe I'm a pussy.
  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Ziskie rates Smallpotatoes: "He's a pussy!"
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I don't blame them for firing the guy. You don't demand that the guy show a weapon. You are putting other people at risk.
  4. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Stupid - I'd fire him for stupidity.
  5. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Heroic, but stupid. I understand why law enforcement officials are downplaying the guy catching the would-be thief, because they know that this time, the teller got lucky.

    He could have been wrong about the guy's lack of a gun. He could have been killed. He could have gotten others killed.

    But . . . he wasn't. He needs to capitalize on this "hero" status now, while he can.
  6. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

  7. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    He should have no trouble being hired by another bank. It would be a PR coup.
  8. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Bank tellers have a process they are required to follow. They are told that if they do not follow it in the event of a robbery, they are subject to repercussions. A teller I know was in a robbery late last year. She handed over the money without the dyepack at the request of the robber. He got away and to my knowledge hasn't been caught. She got a $250 reward out of it for doing her job well.
  9. Dirk Legume

    Dirk Legume Active Member

    When I was 17 I worked in a video arcade (cause I was that cool). The place had a model T that the boss would park out front with magnetic signs on it. One afternoon, I looked out the window and saw a kid (15, 16) take the sign off the car. I ran out and took off after him. I took about two blocks but I caught him and made him return the sign. The boss told me not to do it again because the sign wasn't worth it. Acouple of weeks later, I got a raise :)

    Today, I would never chase after anyone in a similar situation. Not only do I not know if they have a weapon, but 17 year old me weighed 160...45 year old me weighs 280.

    If I don't catch him at the car, I don't catch him.
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Not a well-designed crime prevention technique.
  11. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Her boss kept a Sauron's eye on her
  12. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    I have no problem with the teller being fired. Here's why: Say the bank lauds him as a hero. Maybe gives him a reward. Maybe looks on him more favorably for a promotion. Now, the next time the bank gets robbed, it's a different teller, who now has to think about how she is going to look to the bosses if she doesn't take off after the robber.

    The policy exists for a reason. It's to keep the teller, and other innocent bystanders, from getting hurt. It's not worth someone's life to reclaim a few thousand dollars that's more than likely going to be recovered anyway. Hand the money over, push the silent alarm, lock the doors and let the cops do their job.
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