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Seattle bank teller loses job for chasing, catching robber

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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.

Then why doesn't he get a job in law enforcement? Or be all that he can be.

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“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.

It's a shame he had to add this last part, as I'm sure it will garner less sympathy. I feel sorry for the guy to an extent, but if the robber DID have a weapon and decided to let loose, this teller would have been in part to blame. Good on him for not wanting to put up with crime, but bad way to try and enforce it. I'm sure he'll find another job.

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In Japan, this man would be a hero, but in Amerika -he is the criminal and looked down upon even by his coworkers.

Would I give a damn about one Federal Reserve fiat note -nope, steal as many as you can since they "steal" everyday from the American taxpayer.

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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.

Thats so unfair it's not even funny! Apparently robbers get treated better than I do.

In Japan, this man would be a hero, but in Amerika -he is the criminal and looked down upon even by his coworkers.

He's not a criminal, he was just fired for going against bank policy even the teller himself understands that.

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What a screwball story. The guy should be feted as a hero, not put out on the streets. Yeah, we all know the SOPs about when somebody puts a gun in your face, blah, blah, blah, but some people actually have the intestinal fortitude to take matters into their own hands.

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Hey, I hear the army is recruiting...

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What a backwards world we live in.

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I wouldn't worry about the bank teller. I'm sure he will be paid handsomely for the movie/book/TV rights to his story.

Taka

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While what the teller did was incorrect proceedure, it is certainly possible that by helping to capture this robber he actually saved the lives of other future victims. I think the bank should have given him a warning. Also, yes, I agree with smithinjapan that it is a shame he had to add the last part. It makes it seem like he cares less about the crime and more about the thrills.

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It's about money (duh, bank, pardon the pun) - if the teller gets himself or other people in the bank killed, the bank could get sued (for various reasons, negligence, settlement, lost earnings, etc). Though the bank should've given him a warning, not fire him. Unless it wasn't the first time he was reckless while working there.

Crime-fighting would be left to the trained experts (like the police or security guards), where there would be no suing as danger is expected for the profession.

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“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.

Wow. Not a guy you want working in a bank. They were correct to fire him. He'll hopefully find a job that's a bit more thrilling than banking..

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Yeah, sounds like this guy is better suited for a different job where his skills can come in handy....

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He should be a loan shark then.

I say kudos to him. We're all sick and tired of these career criminals who know they can get away with anything. Going to jail is like going on a holiday for them. Free food and shelter. I'm sure he'll do well after all this publicity.

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I don't know the stats, but I would bet that the number of heroes who get themselves and others killed is a lot higher than the number who overpower the robber, and that explains the policy. This is just another case of survivor bias, just because it worked out this time doesn't mean it is a bright thing to do.

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The bank could have said 'Thank you very much, but please don't do it again as we have insurance to cover our losses'.

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In America, no good deed goes unpunished...

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Fire his ass!

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In a couple of jobs I had when I was younger, I worked with managers like this, and no LOSTRUNE, it is certainly not about the money with these guys.

I would hire the guy in an instant and here is why. If you punch a clock and do your time, you don't care if the place gets ripped off because it is the boss' money after all, right? Not to these guys. When someone rips them off, they take it personally. When I worked fast food, I saw managers hurdle the counter twice to go after quick changers. Truly inspiring. In retail, one manager's apprehension of a shoplifter and the ensuing beatdown behind a dumpster in South Central LA were legendary. One restaurant manager started a car chase that the police eventually ended. Sure, there are policies, but there is nothing NOTHING that will inspire coworkers and a business owner like seeing a manager hang it out there. Word also gets around the neighborhood that messing with XYZ is not healthy, which goes a long way to making a safe working environment.

A REPO MAN gets into stressful situations.

Too bad about this guy. I am sure he will find something a lot better very soon. I would not be surprised if they quietly rehired him in another capacity.

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In America, no good deed goes unpunished...

Good point. There have been several stories coming out where Good Samaritans have either been punished, or sued for their good deeds. I remember one where a man saved a woman from a car in a flood, but was sued for causing some damage to her arm, from saving her. That is totally whacked if you ask me.

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In America, no good deed goes unpunished...

The man needed to be fired. He violated policy. And since this is a life or death policy, the company cannot afford to be giving a slap on the wrist. As nice as it is when things work out, trying to play the hero usually has bad effects, and when someone is waving a gun around, can get people killed. The policy is there for a reason. I understand about wanting to tell the guy who had the guts to stand up and do something, but when it could potentially cost others lives, then rewarding that behavior is not a good idea.

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If the guy had a bomb what then. We can play all sort of "what if" scenarios but the guy violated a policy designed to keep people from getting hurt. If the perp was taking hostages and threatening to kill people then it's time for action. If, in this instance, the robber had pulled a gun and said "here's your weapon" and shot the teller - then what?

Unfortunately the guy had to be fired. What he did was reckless.

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One thing is that you really cannot tell the state of mind of bank robbers. When you run into desperate individual, such as in this case, he can do anything. If the teller resists, this robber can possibly kill other employee at the bank, bystanders, etc. If this happens, this puts subtantial liability on the Bank. You really don't know what type of weapons he carries. This is a huge risk if you try to be a hero. Bank is right on this.

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It is always very interesting to watch how the Liberal media works:

In this case the would-be robber's name is not published where our Hero's name (the Liberal's criminal) is.

In the Gates case, the lady that called in to police had her name published and had to hire an attorney to protect herself.

-very backward (dangerous) logic is at work here.

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Klein2,

Managers have more leeway what to do, but not the rank-and-filers. Management is on a different class.

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... Bank tellers are trained to get robbers out the door quickly ...

The would-be robber, a 29-year-old transient, has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for theft and robbery ...

Nice policy: get them out the door so they can live to rob another day.

I applaud Mr. Nicholson. Good for him!!

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The would-be robber started all of this and the teller stopped it and (mostly) everyone is coming down on him?? I say good job to Nicholson for having the courage to try to do something right instead of just comply like a cow to the slaughterhouse.

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I admire such men who with risk to their own life act bravely and logically. He thought quickly, acted boldly and decisively and was successful in what he did. he deserves a promotion. Hero! We need more men like him, not the sissies who post millions of messages on Jt to release some testosterone.

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Or apparently the women who do it to release estrogen. Let's get away from the guy bashing.

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