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Bank Withdrawal Prank
Status: Prank that backfired
The Brainerd Dispatch (requires registration) reports on an April Fool's Day prank that went slightly wrong, ending up with the prankster, a 57-year-old woman, getting charged with disorderly conduct:

About 10:15 a.m. Saturday, the woman stopped at Wells Fargo Bank at 424 W. Washington St. in Brainerd to make a legitimate withdrawal from an account. When she was finished, she handed the teller a note that read, "I'm here to take money," said Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc... a bank employee called 911 indicating the bank was being robbed. Officers from Brainerd and Crow Wing County responded to the bank but the woman had left, Bolduc said. She was stopped by a Crow Wing County sheriff's deputy a short time later at Highways 18 and 25 in east Brainerd, where she was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to the Crow Wing County jail.

I guess banks, like airports, are one place where you don't want to joke around about security issues.
Categories: April Fools Day, Pranks
Posted by The Curator on Wed Apr 05, 2006
Comments (7)
I work at a bank and had an incident the day after 9-11. A guy came into the bank to do his normal banking business when I happened to notice he was carrying a handgun in a belt holster. The tellers understandably became visibly tense, but luckily for this mental deficient, I knew who he was. He was always a little....off....but not a violent person as far as I knew. So I calmly let the tellers know that I would handle it. I approached and made small talk with him while he made his deposit. I followed him outside and asked him what he thought made it okay to carry a loaded weapon into the bank. He piped up and said "The 2nd Amendment". He must've figured that terrorists were going to invade northern Colorado or something, but I told him that if he ever tried anything like that again, he wouldn't get very far.

Granted, the reaction he got would've been about the same anywhere he went with a gun in public, but it could've turned out VERY bad for him had I not known who he was. The FBI takes a slightly darker view of people with guns in banks. They're definitely not a place you want to joke around in.
Posted by Silentz  in  cognito  on  Wed Apr 05, 2006  at  12:42 PM
your banks do not have anti-robbing doors? All banks I've ever seen in my country, even tiny 2 sportel offices, have special air-lock-like doors with a metal detector that does not leave you enter if you've metallic objects, together with weight sensors to avoid taking hostages... they're quite a nuisance, and not a true block for determined robbers, but sure discourage casual nes and would avoid similar problems...
Posted by fizz  on  Wed Apr 05, 2006  at  03:11 PM
Depends on the banks and the location. American banks are usually all about convenience, these days. Gone are the long lines and sixteen windows, only one of which has an octogenarian Korean with limited language skills. These days, with most of the immediate cash transactions handled by ATMs, if you walk *into* a bank, it's usually not for a deposit or withdrawl, unless it's a special case.

Banks in high-crime areas will have the aforementioned double-locking doors, though they're usually *NOT* keyed to metal (bags of coins count as metal). More draconian measures are fast-closing shutters, bullet-proof glass, and even tear-gas launchers.

In any case, that sort of thing would get you in trouble, even before 9/11, and with everyone and their cousin jumpy, they're not gonna ask questions after..
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Wed Apr 05, 2006  at  04:12 PM
fizz...you find those in jewelry stores, not banks...in the U.S.

I've been to the bank on multiple occasions (in the drive-up line) when the shades get pulled & "CLOSED" signs go out...middle of the day. I just assumed they were getting robbed, or having a drill or something. Boy, was I ticked.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  12:31 AM
I like in downtown Indianapolis, and the security at the local bank is tighter than a bank in Red China (I know, Ive been there). Bullet proof glass, those annoying little things where you slide your paperwork under the window and the more-annoying grate things to speak to. Doors, safes, etc. Large intimidating black women.

Plus, the service is always terrible.
Posted by chyca  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  08:27 PM
Before anyone starts to yell, the fact that the women are black does not relate at all to their intimidation factor or the lack or service. Women of that size would be intimidating regardless of their race, and Im sure the service issue is a corporate thing. They simply are black, like most of the inhabitants of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Posted by chyca  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  08:29 PM
chyca
If that last detail has nothing to do with your story, then why mention it at all? rolleyes
Posted by Seriously?  in  Beijing  on  Tue May 13, 2008  at  07:23 AM
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