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Bank teller foils holdup, nabs suspect — loses job?

What do you think? Should this teller have been fired or branded a hero? Thanks for your thoughts & opinions! Jim Nicholson knew he should have just handed over the cash. But when the thin man in a beanie cap, dark clothing and sunglasses pushed a black backpack across the bank counter and demanded money, Nicholson says his instincts took over. After more than two years working as a teller at the Key Bank branch in Lower Queen Anne, Nicholson clearly understood the bank's strict policy of quickly complying with robbers' demands and avoiding confrontation. Instead, Nicholson threw the bag to the floor, lunged toward the robber and demanded to see a weapon. Surprised, the would-be bank robber backed up and then bolted for the door, with Nicholson on his heels. Nicholson, 30, chased the man for several blocks before knocking him to the ground with the help of a passer-by. Nicholson then held him until police arrived. That was Tuesday. On Thursday, Nicholson was fired. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009579648_teller01m.html

Asked By: Bethenny - 8/1/2009
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Honey I think there is a good reason why a company fires you when you do an act of bravery like this.I worked in a department store that had a high shop lifting rate. When the higher ups found out that we were chasing the thieves out into the parking lot they were furious with us. They said to never do that again... More
Answered By: Pearl - 8/1/2009
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LOL. That's a pretty funny story.
Answered By: Don't really care™ - 8/1/2009
 
That is seriously crazy. A company that actually plays by the rules . Maybe he will get even a better job after this, because clearly the bank must have had a policy where they could say that an undetermined amount of cash was missing, and therefore have it replaced by GOVERNMENT money and come out ahead...or... More
Answered By: Vanity - 8/1/2009
 
Well, firing the guy might've been an overkill - but he definitely should not have followed him. One of rather common schemes of bank / store robbery is to get the banker to follow the robber, lead him away from his desk, while the robber's companion loots the place.
Answered By: mov ah, 4ch - 8/1/2009
 
the bank robber must have been one of the ceo,s son
Answered By: riverrat15322 - 8/2/2009
 
Was he a politician ? If so every citizen should follow her lead and take down all of them that threaten to take our money without a gun !! We are being rob and so is the future of America !!
Answered By: Gregory W - 8/2/2009
 
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