A Bank Called the Cops on a Black Man Trying to Deposit the Money He Won in a Discrimination Lawsuit
January 24, 2020 at 3:36 AM - Views: 37 #255540
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In fact, the money came from a confidential settlement reached after Thomas sued his employer, Enterprise Leasing Company of Detroit, for racial discrimination. Thomas explained that to the bank. But TCF Bank quickly initiated a fraud investigation anyway, and had multiple police officers question him inside the bank while two other cops stood guard.
In the meantime, Thomas called his attorney, Deborah Gordon, to explain to the bank that the check was legitimate and actually part of a settlement. Gordon sent the bank a copy of the federal court complaint. The officers received the lawsuit but wanted to further check with Thomas’ employer to ensure the check was real.
“My client was very intimidated and upset. He kept his composure, though,” Gordon said in a statement Thursday. “He was afraid that with the police there the situation could quickly escalate and he would end up in handcuffs or worse. The irony is that the proceeds were from the settlement of a race discrimination case.”
TCF Bank did not immediately return a VICE News request for comment, but they told the Detroit Free Press the checks — and Thomas allegedly had three, each for several thousand dollars — read as void when scanned by the branch’s computer, and the branch acted accordingly. TCF Bank also told the Free Press the person who waited on Thomas was black, and flagged the incident because Thomas was making a “highly, highly unusual request” to deposit two checks, cash one, and open a new debit card at the same time, and that the original balance in his account was very low.
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January 24, 2020 at 3:41 AM #255543
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January 24, 2020 at 4:02 AM #255552
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That was total bullshit. The cheques all cleared within 12 hours at another bank. This bank fucked with this guy and now will pay the piper. Idiots. I also love how the bank tried to play the old race card (saying the customer service rep was also black so ‘obviously no racism’.)
January 24, 2020 at 4:07 AM #255553
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Something tells me he has found a nice gig in the new gig economy. Should be many more of these checks showing up for him.
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