Seattle Bank Teller Loses Job After Apprehending Bank Robber

August 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

Jim Nicholson, a teller for Key Bank in Seattle, lost his job recently after ran down a bank robber, tackled him, and restrained him until police arrived. The robber entered the branch and passed a black bag across the counter, demanding money. Nicholson then threw down the bag, jumped across the counter and lunged at the robber. The robber fled, but Nicholson pursued the man down the street, tackled him, and held him down until police arrived and arrested the would-be thief.

Attacking the robber is against Key Bank policy, which states that tellers should simply comply with robbers’ demands and avoid confrontation. Nicholson says he understands the policy is in place to protect him and others, and therefore understands why he was fired.


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