BLACK MICHIGAN MAN GOES TO TCF BANK TO DEPOSIT CHECKS, TCF BANK CALLS POLICE FOR FRAUD
So this isn’t a good look. A black man in Michigan is suing a Midwest bank. Why? He says they committed racial profiling against him. And, well, it seems hard to disagree with him. What happened? He went to a branch of TCF Bank in Livonia, Michigan, to deposit some checks. But the bank teller, for some reason, refused to accept the deposit. For some reason, the teller said the checks were not legitimate! But then, the teller called police, accusing the African-American man, Sauntore Thomas, of fraud. But the problem? He checks were legitimate, and this man went to the bank to do a simple, rightfully legal task. To deposit some damn checks.
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TAKING LARGE CHECKS TO BANK FOR DEPOSIT WHILE BLACK IS NOW A SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
But for Thomas, this whole scenario includes some bitter irony. Why? These two substantial checks were part of a settlement he received from his racial discrimination workplace settlement from his previous employer. Hello, Michigan? What’s going on in Wolverine country? So yes, this stinks to high heaven. A white bank teller sees a black man depositing two substantial checks and automatically assumes it’s fraud. That’s not a good look. The checks were legit. So there wasn’t anything suspicious except the fact that Thomas is a black man.
AIR FORCE VET PRESUMED TO BE FRAUD TRYING TO DEPOSIT CHECKS WHILE BLACK
But even worse? Thomas is a veteran and served in the United States Air Force. He experienced humiliation that I can only imagine. So I am. Police arrived 10 minutes after the teller called and everyone treated him like he was a criminal. Thomas was able to make his deposit at a different bank. Obviously, they dispersed within a day. To say this should not have happened is an understatement. The two checks were industry issued. So it would have been easy for the bank teller to confirm their bonafides. TCF Bank has apologized. But they will likely need to issue some checks to Thomas themselves.