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Old 05-04-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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Bank Robbery Yesterday - I was THERE!!

I was at a Bank of America Yesterday afternoon. All 4 tellers were busy. I was second in line. The Teller to my far right just finished with a "customer" ans I saw the panicked look on her face. The lady in front of me didn't notice her look and started towards the teller. The teller then told the woman<in front of me,next in line> to STOP!! I then looked towards the door, the person exiting the bank and he/she went to the left out the door. The teller then shouted for the manager to come over. He did. Then the manger told another lady to lock the door. Over like that. No gun. Nothing...Half the of the other tellers,customers, employees never knew until way after the door was locked. I couldn't even positivly verify if it was a man or a woman...Nothing. I then walked over made my deposit and asked the new teller did you see that? She said what <as she was doing my deposit>? The robbery. She wasn't aware either. I was the last transaction that day. So I proceed to the door to leave, which I knew was gonna be difficult. I had things to do and REALLY could not have been any help at all. the Manager asked me to give my name and phone number. I left my business card and off I went. I got a call about 2 hours later from a Detective and told him my story and he said thanks. That was it.

It was a normal day for me. Noone knew. Even the Teller next to her....I still feel guilty for letting my guard down. I'm better than that, I thought. I was on my motorcycle and no Gun. One of the few times I don't carry.It was hot yesterday and no jacket and no easy way to conceal.

I would not have drawn my weapon ,if I had it with me, unless there was an immediate threat o my life, or I felt as such. What I mean by my guard being down is...Not more aware of my surroundings.

I would have acted the same carrying or not.

Just thought I'd share.

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.I still feel guilty for letting my guard down. I'm better than that, I thought. I was on my motorcycle and no Gun. One of the few times I don't carry.It was hot yesterday and no jacket and no easy way to conceal.

Just thought I'd share.

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What would you have done if you had your weapon with you? Would you have drawn it, shot the robber, or tried to stop him?

No one was hurt. I think the outcome was about as good as it gets given the crime that was committed. I, too, have a carry permit, but I have never drawn my weapon and hope I never have to. I will only draw it if I am directly threatened, or if someone close by is threatened and there is no other recourse to save a life. There are only two kinds of problems, and the bank losing its money to a robber is not one of them. Don't beat yourself up, sometimes doing nothing is exactly the right thing to do.
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What would you have done if you had your weapon with you? Would you have drawn it, shot the robber, or tried to stop him?

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NO!!!!. I was sharing an expierence. The what if's start... What if he ran back in the bank <he saw a cop walking in>. Then a hostage situation. Just saying I wish I was carrying. I'm not stupid, nor was I in fear for my life.Or anyone elses for that matter.



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Old 05-04-2010, 06:06 PM   #4
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Man that's crazy! No one was hurt ...that's a good thing. I know you must have felt vulnerable without your weapon...things happen for a reason. Not many of us will ever be put into that situation. Any normal human being will have to deal with the what if's and the scenarios...it's normal and there is nothing you can do about it just thank God no one was hurt. Thanks for sharing your story and glad you are safe.
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What a precarious situation, the teller did well, they're told to remain calm the robber's adrenaline is at mach 9 already and give up the money it's insured, the manager did well too, as soon as notified they locked the door so the robber couldn't come back running from someone and take a hostage.

I was at a WalMart and my honey and I were putting the stuff in the trunk when out of nowhere a guy showed up at her side inches away from her but away from me asking for a handout, didn't see him and I felt stupid letting my guard down in a parking lot. We never saw him coming, surprised me how he slipped down the drivers side of the car and blip, there he was, ya never know.

If more people carried guns we may have less problems, but who knows. I will suggest "ankle holster" with extra long jeans ;O).
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Thank Heavens it was only money they were after. Your new silver palace is safe!! What a near miss. Glad no one was hurt.
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Flashsilver, re-read the original post. You'll find the following two statements...

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I would not have drawn my weapon
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I would have acted the same carrying or not.

Just thought I'd share.
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Flashsilver, re-read the original post. You'll find the following two statements...
Thanks, but I edited those sentences. My original post MIGHT have looked like to SOME that I wanted to stop the robbery. Which if you read the whole context of the paragraph, it clearly states I didn't even know what was going on nor did anyone else.

Some people are armchair quarterbacks.

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Sounds like the teller did what they were trained to do. Give the robbery what they are asking for and GET them out of the bank. Lock-down is SOP as well as asking customers to stay or contact info for possible witnesses. It's an awful experience for the teller either way especially if a gun is shown by robber.
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...best to stay cool as possible, maybe better you didn't see it happen!

..we had a sitch in my jazzfest booth Sunday with a VERY drunk guy who seemed quite edgy...played it cool UNTIL he put both hands on my wife's shoulders at which point I very FIRMLY told him there was no way he was going to be touching either one of us in this booth... she calmly walked to the authorities, they intervened and eventually he moved on, incident avoided....

..'course my gut was saying "clock this fool NOW" but my head prevailed..fortunately..

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Anybody see "24" last night? Jack Bauer knows how to deal with the bad guys.

That's not meant to be a judgement of anybody involved in this thread, btw.

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