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August 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Fired bank teller: Did he deserve to be fired by Key Bank?

Another beer summit, this time for fired teller

Key Bank should reinstate the employee they fired [“Bank teller foils holdup, nabs suspect — loses job,” page one, August 1] for chasing down the bank robber. The public’s reaction is going to be on the side of the fired bank employee’s. That way they could all –even the bank robber — end up having a beer with the President Obama.

— L. Wayne Shoupe, Seattle

For fired teller, a cash reward instead

I just read in my newspaper, The State in Columbia, S.C., about the Seattle bank teller who ran down and held a bank robber until police arrived — and then was fired from his job.

If that had happened here, people would be at the bank withdrawing their money. There would be a rush equal to the 1929 bank rush that began the Great Depression.

I think the teller should at least get the reward offered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for assisting in the arrest of bank robbers. And maybe the Seattle Police Department could use him.

— Douglas Brazell, Columbia, S.C.

A week off, not termination, for catching bank robber

Key Bank should be ashamed for firing the employee who chased and caught a bank robber.

I don’t care what kind of policy the bank has; maybe a warning and a week off would be a better solution. But to fire someone as brave and responsible as that person in these economic times is nothing short of disgraceful.

I urge others who feel the same way to speak up, and let this bank know they did the wrong thing. I live in Tucson, Ariz., and bank robberies here are common occurrences, partly because people know they can get away with them.

Congratulations to the bank teller, who has my respect.

— Buck Brower, Tucson, Ariz

Teller has a future in police work

I found Jim Nicholson’s story heroic, and thank goodness he is safe. It’s sort of funny because evidently he did the same thing at other retail jobs.

I don’t know if anyone has contacted him or encouraged him to join the police. But we would love to have him here in San Antonio, Texas. Someone with that much determination and drive is a huge asset.

Encourage Nicholson to join the police. He won’t ever get fired in that profession as long as he is doing his job.

— Michelle Willingham, San Antonio, Texas

With compliance encouraged, robbing a bank is too easy

As much as Key Bank, Seattle Police and the FBI don’t agree with Jim Nicholson’s response to a bank robbery by chasing the culprit, it disturbs me that we are reacting disapprovingly against people who try to stop crimes as those who commit them.

After having dealt with the frustration thieves cause at work myself, I can only say that if someone were to demand money from me under the lame threat of a verbal ransom he would find himself eating pavement, too.

According to the article, Washington is among the top 10 states in bank robberies. With policies like those Nicholson violated now commonplace, should it shock anyone? The reason the robber didn’t carry a weapon was probably because he expected compliance, like he was supposed to get.

Now that Key Bank has one less employee on their payroll, perhaps they can use that extra cash to hire some armed security guards to protect their assets, so unarmed people like Nicholson don’t feel pressured to themselves.

— T.J. Martinell, Bellevue

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