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    American hero gets fired

    A Seattle bank teller has lost his job because he ran down a would-be bank robber and held him until police arrived.
    Jim Nicholson, 30, who had worked for more than two years at a Key Bank branch near the Seattle Centre, says he understands the bank's strict policy that employees comply with robbery demands and avoid confrontations.
    But he told The Seattle Times that instinct took over when a thin man in a beanie cap, dark clothing and sunglasses pushed a black backpack across the bank counter and demanded money.
    Mr Nicholson threw the bag to the floor, lunged toward the man and demanded to see a weapon. The man bolted for the door with the teller in pursuit.
    He chased the man for several blocks before knocking him to the ground with the help of a passer-by. Mr Nicholson then held the man until police arrived.
    On Thursday, Mr Nicholson was fired. Key Bank spokeswoman Anne Foster declined to comment.
    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 is federally insured.
    Mr Nicholson said he understood why he was fired.
    "They tell us that we're just supposed to comply, but my instincts kicked in and I did what's best to stop the guy," he said. "I thought if I let him go he would rob more banks and cause more problems."
    Mr Nicholson said he had run after shoplifters while working at other retail jobs.
    "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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    "It's something I almost look forward to. It's a thrill and I'm an adrenaline-junkie person.
    he is a nutter!

    he worked in a bank as it was so exciting

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    Lucky he was fired by the bank and not the robber. No sympathy for this guy.

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    Sad f'n state of affairs this bloody world is in ... jesus 10 years ago he'd have been given the golden handshake or a big promotion

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    Quote Originally Posted by beenaroundawhile01 View Post
    Lucky he was fired by the bank and not the robber. No sympathy for this guy.
    You don't like guys with balls then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    he is a nutter! he worked in a bank as it was so exciting
    I wouldn't go that far Doc, more likely a chap who hasn't had many opportunities in life apart from nailing some slime ball bank robber ... wonder if the more worldly types amongst us would do the same ... not sure my knackers would be big enough

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    Interesting. Times have changed. I'm from Seattle and about 20 years ago when I worked retail the security guards used to call my name when they were following a shoplifter. They new I could run so they WANTED me to chase. I quickly decided it wasn't worth it. They don't give you anything extra for catching them and you are taking a big risk because you don't know what kind of weapon they have.

    I think this new rule is being forced by the lawyers. The company doesn't want any lawsuits, either from the employee or possibly even the robber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuktukdriver View Post
    Interesting. Times have changed. I'm from Seattle and about 20 years ago when I worked retail the security guards used to call my name when they were following a shoplifter. They new I could run so they WANTED me to chase. I quickly decided it wasn't worth it. They don't give you anything extra for catching them and you are taking a big risk because you don't know what kind of weapon they have.

    I think this new rule is being forced by the lawyers. The company doesn't want any lawsuits, either from the employee or possibly even the robber.
    Quite true tucktuck, strange world we live in.

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    Dumb bank.

    I hope the fellow gets a solid job - he's a solid guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beenaroundawhile01 View Post
    Lucky he was fired by the bank and not the robber. No sympathy for this guy.
    Spoken like a true pussy -- I'd high five that guy, and kudos to him for taking the initiative in a world of pussies...

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    Its symptomatic of our society, a guy with knackers chases some bad boys and then get slagged off for doing the wrong thing because society thinks that everyone should just stand by and watch the cvnts get away with what ever they want to steal.
    I remember 50 yrs years ago a guy who owned a service station on the outskirts of town got robbed, he brought a shotgun and put a sign outside "if you rob me I will fight back"
    The next time he got robbed he sent the offender away with an arse full of shot. The cops charged him, he fought his end and got off but also lost his gun license.

    So next time he got an attempted robbery they got an arrow from a cross bow in their arse and he got 6 months in the slammer which he served with pride.
    That man was my Grandfather and I was, and still am proud of him.

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    I always figured I was born 100 years too late. The article and most of the responses re-inforce my belief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuktukdriver
    I worked retail the security guards used to call my name when they were following a shoplifter
    Obviously..............your a Tuk Tuk Driver!

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    I sort of thought well done but when I read

    Mr Nicholson said he understood why he was fired.
    I lost what sympathy I had for him. Who risks their life for a corporation that you must know couldn't give a toss for you and then, when they sack you for your 5 minutes of heroism, says 'fair enough'? He needs to get that policeman out of his head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    my instincts kicked in and I did what's best to stop the guy," he said. "I thought if I let him go he would rob more banks and cause more problems."
    Good on your instincts!

    You did the "right" thing. Unfortunate you will be punished for it in a world where it's better to stand back and not "get involved".

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    This sort of inverse justice is happening all the time in the UK, the world's gone upside down, thought the USA was the land of the free and home of the brave? Seems more like the land of the let them get away with it, pathetic.

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    If he had been injured the first thing he would have done is filed for workmans compensation. The bank has every right to fire him. People like this are a menace, they have this jaded sense of morality and are dangerous to anyone who has to work around them. I'll bet anything he's one of those religious fanatic types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    If he had been injured the first thing he would have done is filed for workmans compensation. The bank has every right to fire him. People like this are a menace, they have this jaded sense of morality and are dangerous to anyone who has to work around them. I'll bet anything he's one of those religious fanatic types.
    Quote by Rob.R.Robber ! get it??

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    Somali pirates get by on exactly the same philosophy. It's cheaper for the insurance company to pay a million or so ransom , than for the loss of a ship.

    If a bank robber panics and fires off a few rounds into customers...........

    Insurance Companies: they seem to run the world now. Health Care, don't get me started.

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    Look what a passive attitude towards crime has done for Thailand, the entire civil service is on the take and getting worse every year. Maybe if they had some Somchai Nicholsons it wouldn't be in such a shitty state.
    That goes for most other countries also.

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    ahould have stayed at home smoking dope and claiming dole, that's how you get ahead in Britain !

    Cheers

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    If he likes this sort of thing, then maybe a new career with the police beckons. At 30 he's surely not too old is he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Somali pirates get by on exactly the same philosophy. It's cheaper for the insurance company to pay a million or so ransom , than for the loss of a ship.

    If a bank robber panics and fires off a few rounds into customers...........

    Insurance Companies: they seem to run the world now. Health Care, don't get me started.
    I agree. Its a liability issue.

    Throwing the bag on the floor and demanding to see a gun was a dangerous escalation of the situation that could have ended up getting someone shot.
    It was a stupid gamble rather than heroic.
    The bank pays and trains their employees to follow protocols in the event of a robbery. This guy choose to ignore his explicit training and chose to put not only himself but other employees and customers there at risk.

    As for chasing the robber down the street. They guy should join the police force if it gives him such a rush. But I suspect he would fail the psych tests, --- if he hasnt already.

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    A hero is someone who rescues people out of a burning house.

    This guy's an idiot, put his life and possibly others at risk, certainly not a hero.

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    OP:

    This man is not a hero.

    This idiot could have gotten many people killed.

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