February 3, 2009

Bank bans hats, hoods and shades

A North Carolina bank has adopted a new policy of asking patrons to remove hats, hoods and sunglasses while inside the bank and its branches, officials said.

Matthew Converse, president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Currituck in Moyock, said bank visitors will be asked to take off the face-obscuring items as a means of deterring robbery, the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday.

A ball cap pulled down low or sunglasses obviously hides some features, Converse said. When somebody's not obscured, it's a whole lot easier to identify them.

The bank president said customers who refuse to remove the items will still receive service from employees, but everyone in the bank will be watching them a lot more closely.