Fun With Bank in Virginia


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Leatherness
May 11, 2004, 08:10 PM
OK, this is really Leatherneck. Herself got me out of an absolutely dark mood when I got home because of what happenned today I'll let her tell the story, but there were "High-fives" in the shop during Happy Hour tonight.
Here's the background:
We've had accounts of some substance, including a trust account for which we're trustees for a friend's disabled child, and Leatherness's personal/business accounts. Leatherness is well known at the local branch, which was bought by BB&T, the well-known megabank famous for its "no guns" approach. In Virginia, of all places. There are red stickers proclaiming "No Guns: everywhere at all their branches. She went to the drive-in window this morning to make a deposit. Same window where she's been well-served for years, the dogs get cookies, etc. I should tell you that Leatherness is the absolutely nicest person I've ever met. She's pretty, happy, smiles at people, gets her way with unfair regularity, avoids conflict at almost any cost, and is universally liked by anyone she comes in contact with. I'm constantly amazed at her ability to transform curmudgeoans like me into helpful slaves. There are, I admit, things in the Universe I do not yet understand. Anyway, her vignette:

Okay, Leatherness speaking now. I had posted a thread earlier in the week inquiring as to whether anyone else in Northern VA had come across the BB&T anti-gun posting and I appreciate all the feedback. At any rate, as I was sitting at the drive-in window I decided to ask the teller what the sign meant,and asked whether the sign meant that I could not enter the bank although I was a law abiding citizen with a Virginia CCW permit. The Indian teller was visibly upset and asked another teller whom I could not see what she thought. I was informed that uniformed LEO''s could enter the bank with a weapon but no one else. Rather than bore y'all with the ensuing conversation, which by the way seemed to make the teller nervous as he kept flipping receipts around and ,by now I am beginning to wonder exactly how much has been entered into the trust account, but he kept telling me that carrying a concealed weapon into the bank was illegal in Virginia and he had also personally attended a security class. I informed him he was wrong and the bank should revisit the Bill of Rights and check the 2nd Amendment. This obviously went over his head. I then told him I will look for another bank to which he replied, "but you have been such a good customer and for so many years" He actually gave me a piece of candy along with my receipt as though that would help the matter. Oh well, time to look for another bank!

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Ironbarr
May 11, 2004, 08:22 PM
BB&T - Yep... their insurance premiums must be awful high by now considering the rate of robberies down here in Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Chesapeake. Maybe your accounts cost more to manage these days.

They just seem to attact the stealer bees.

-Andy

The Reaper
May 11, 2004, 10:03 PM
I'm sure you'll make it clear to the manager, as I did, why the accounts are being closed. They may not care and the manager certainly cannot change the corporate policy, but possibly if enough managers are told why accounts are being pulled corporate may have to take some notice.

You probably all but made the Indian teller's head explode with the thought of you carrying a gun, much less having it inside the bank.;)

I know my wife did the same to our old BB&T bank. To look at her you would never guess, well except for the NRA Life Member leather jacket. :D

7.62FullMetalJacket
May 11, 2004, 11:11 PM
Any institution, especially a bank, posting a "No Guns Allowed" sign is also posting a "Rob Us, We're Easy" sign.

Standing Wolf
May 11, 2004, 11:24 PM
Good for you. Anti-Second Amendment bigots are parasites whom we should never support financially.

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