Bank Teller FIRED for PREVENTING ROBBERY

August 4, 2009

I am not saying that you should have a weapon, but a weapon convinces people to do what you want...

I am not saying that you should have a weapon, but a weapon convinces people to do what you want...

In the realm of backward society, a man was fired from his job as a teller, for PREVENTING a crime from happening.

Sun Aug 2, 9:30 pm ET

SEATTLE – A Seattle bank teller has lost his job because he ran down a would-be bank robber and held him until police arrived. Jim Nicholson, 30, who had worked for more than two years at a Key Bank branch near the Seattle Center, says he understands the bank’s strict policy that employees comply with robbery demands and avoid confrontations.

If I go off the beaten path, AND I prevent the robber from getting away, I lose my job?  When your bank gets a reputation of not making it easy for robbers to get money, and you are robbed less, you owe it to this guy.

See, this guy was prepared with a gun and probably a note...

See, this guy was prepared with a gun and probably a note...

But he told The Seattle Times that instinct took over when a thin man in a beanie cap, dark clothing and sunglasses pushed a black backpack across the bank counter on Tuesday and demanded money.

Nicholson threw the bag to the floor, lunged toward the man and demanded to see a weapon. The man bolted for the door with Nicholson in pursuit.

Now you know that this is not what this crackhead had in mind.  He was imagining that they would fill the bag with money and he would be out in no time.  Instead, he was in a footrace for his freedom…

He chased him several blocks before knocking him to the ground with the help of a passer-by. Nicholson then held the man until police arrived.

On Thursday, Nicholson was fired. Key Bank spokeswoman Anne Foster declined to comment on Nicholson and his actions.

Police and the FBI discourage such heroics. Bank tellers are trained to get robbers out the door quickly and are advised against possibly escalating a situation over money that’s federally insured.

I personally would give the robbers the money without escalating the situation.  But, when there was not a weapon, this dude was like I can take this bum…

The dye makes it hard to get away... I would have slipped him this one...

The dye makes it hard to get away... I would have slipped him this one...the dye pack did its thing...

Nicholson said he understands why he was fired.

“They tell us that we’re just supposed to comply, but my instincts kicked in and I did what’s best to stop the guy,” he said. “I thought if I let him go he would rob more banks and cause more problems.”

See, quit thinking like it’s your money or there are people known as good citizens…

Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said the best course for citizens is to be good witnesses to crimes.

“When confronted by a violent criminal, it is best to comply unless they feel their personal safety is in jeopardy. It is possible that taking action and confronting the criminal may lead to the injury of the victim or other bystanders.”

“You want tellers to be proactive, but you want them to do it safely,” said FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt.

The would-be robber, a 29-year-old transient, has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for theft and robbery, according to court records. Charges in the attempted robbery were not immediately filed.

Nicholson said he has run after shoplifters while working at other retail jobs.

“It’s something I almost look forward to. It’s a thrill and I’m an adrenaline-junkie person. It’s the pursuit,” he said.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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