Bank teller who tackled robber gets fired

August 2, 2009

A Seattle bank teller who chased and tackled a would-be robber says he has been fired for his efforts.

Former Key Bank teller Jim Nicholson told KOMO-TV, Seattle, he knew it was against bank policy to not comply with robbers, but he didn’t let that stop him from vaulting over the counter and giving chase to a man who had demanded money last week.

The broadcaster said Nicholson, 30, caught up with the alleged robber a few blocks away and tackled him.

If I allowed him to get away, then he would just continue doing it, he said. “He could come back to our branch. He could go to another bank.

I had hoped that they would give me a reprimand, or maybe a write-up — something like that. But it ended up in termination.

He added he had no hard feelings for his former employer.

Key Bank officials didn’t return the broadcaster’s calls for comment.

Source: upi

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