The Water Cooler – Bank Robberies

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm · 58 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Do you think people should be required to take off all sunglasses, hats, hoodies, or anything else covering their face before they go into a bank/credit union in an effort to stop bank robberies?

Talk about it….

1 BANKER July 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM


2 Sunnyca July 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I bank with Mechanics Bank and they have had that rule posted on the entrance door for years.

3 mist July 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

No, WE need sharp shooter guards with no prosecution for shooting mommas little darlings.

4 Mr. John July 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Sure. Why not. Minor inconvenience, for probably a minor benefit – most idiots that are going to rob a bank will come in wearing the stuff anyways and start the robbery as soon as they’re asked to remove it.

5 Angelina July 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM


6 BANKER July 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Everytime someone walks in with sunglass and a ball cap they have my FULL attention…

7 Horse n around July 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Yes! There is no reason to hide behind glasses or anything unless you yourself have a reason to be ” Undercover”. LOL

8 Upsetjet July 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

This has got to be one of the dumbest “water cooler” topics ever. Requiring whats listed above would only inconvenience the innocent people that do business there. Do you really think someone thats going to rob a bank would adhere to those rules. Lol

9 Hello July 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

I was a bank teller in the 90s. Some morons used to think it was ok to come inside the bank w their motorcycle helmet on w the face shield down! Others would come in on hot days w out a shirt! Idiots.

10 Always Right July 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Need a two stage entrance that requires removal of sun glasses and hats ( and runs a facial recognition scan) before the final door is opened. This is available technology that should be as standard at banks as airbags are on cars.

11 WCmom July 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Ditto, all of the above Condolences to that poor woman’s family in Stockton.

12 Kirkwood July 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM

No, it would be unenforceable without losing customers, and employees don’t like confronting people. My credit union here in Concord had a “ball cap” sign a couple of years ago but it only lasted a month or two.
“Banker” above has the right idea.

13 PO'd July 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Good idea, but how do you implement? The “guard” at my bank will be easy to overrun.Then John Burris will sue if the perp is African, because it’s his right to wear a hoodie on a 95 degree day. Next Reverend Jesse Jackson will be at your bank along with a rent-a-mob. Reverend Al (not so) Sharpton will be covering it non-stop for weeks on MSNBC (Most Surely National Barack Channel).
Better to have armed guards at the bank with shoot to kill orders.Of course, that will never happen.

14 @ July 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM


15 about time July 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Yes and security should be at the door to tell you that.

16 Marianne July 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Definitely Yes! Glasses and hoods should be left at the door; when I’m handling my bank transactions I don’t want to be fearful of being robbed!

17 Dorothy July 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Also bank at Mechanics and I think that have that posted on all their entry doors – even the one that has a coffee shop in the lobby in Pittsburg. Agree, anyone in a bank has no need for large hats, hoodies, sun glasses, or any other head coverings – and yes I’m including those for religious reasons.

I was in a bank years ago, filling out the deposit slip. A guy came in, had a hoodie and sunglasses, and went to the teller. I don’t know why I noticed him because he acted normal and so did the teller. He walked out just as I went to the window to do my deposit. The teller didn’t act too different but something about her seem upsetting. I had to stay in the bank until the cops arrived because the guy had just robbed them. By the way, I stayed calm right up until I got back to work and then had hysterics.

18 WC July 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Yeah, that’ll work. Just like the “No Littering” signs. AND it could be considered racist/anti-some religion/bullying to suggest someone remove glasses or adjust clothing.

I may create an activist group, get some lawyers and start sueing the heck out of these deep pocket banks!

19 Common sense July 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I think that all banks should have security vestibules with swipe card access and or buzz in locks. In addition, all tellers should be behind bullet proof glass. Loan officers and new accounts clerks should be in a secure area. No employee’s desk should be accessible to just anyone walking in off the street. If such measures were taken, take over robberies like the one in Stockton could be avoided. In my younger years, I worked as a teller. I was robbed once and working when other tellers were robbed, twice.

20 TJ Jones July 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Let’s let the government make the wise decisions like they always do in making new laws.

.. sarcasm intended.

21 Pegasus July 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

It’s common courtesy to remove hats and sunglasses when entering a building, or it used to be.
Courtesy, manners and class have been lost. I blame the parents for not setting good examples.
All business should have a sign refusing service to those wearing hats or sunglasses right next to the one for shirts and shoes.

22 Silva July 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Gee, my perscription lenses are always dark when I enter the bank.

23 Anon777 July 17, 2014 at 1:19 PM


24 wow July 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Yes, it should be, as none of the items listed are necessary to have on in doors.

25 Mr. Pink July 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Removing sunglasses, no. I think people who wear hoodies indoors are idiots anyway, so yeah make them take ‘em off.

26 ConcordeJet July 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Rule is must get naked before entering the bank.

27 Mr. Pink July 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Oh, and the Union Bank in Walnut Creek has a locked vestibule that you need to be buzzed in and out of, both entering and exiting the bank. So a thief trying to escape could conceivably be trapped in there until the police arrive, which would be awesome to see.

28 RanchgirlCA July 17, 2014 at 1:35 PM

If that is what it takes, yes, off with the hats & sunglasses. I see no problem with this, especially after what happened in Stockton yesterday. How horrible for everyone involved. Unfortunately I don’t think anything would have stopped these men. I also don’t have a problem with the long lines at the airport. If it makes for a safer environment, I’ll learn to deal with it.

29 Malice In Wonderland July 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Indeed…we should put a “no robbing allowed” sign on each bank as well. Bank robbers are notorious for following the rules.

30 Molto July 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Anyone that doesn’t remove those things before entering a Bank or other high security business is an Idiot. Its all just common sense…

31 ConcordeJet July 17, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Mr. Pink

All banks need those type of security

32 The Mamba July 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Sure, that could be a rule. A robber won’t follow it, but maybe that’ll give a guard an extra reason to challenge him.

33 Future Cat Lady July 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Yes, I do. It’s common courtesy. My credit union has a sign up that says something to the effect of removing sunglasses and not using your cell phone while in the bank. Seems reasonable to me.

I used to work at a bank in the late 90s. Thankfully that branch was not robbed while I worked there. However, whenever a different bank nearby would be robbed our office would go over our robbery prevention plan. I don’t miss working in a bank.

34 RANDOM TASK July 17, 2014 at 2:01 PM


35 Nate Nice July 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Wait … people still go into banks?

36 Don July 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM

No…some elderly people have very sensitive eyes and wear full sunglasses every moment they are awake.

37 I'm Your Huckleberry July 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

You can’t do this, because there will be someone who considers this “profiling”

38 Dorothy July 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

@Common sense – Did you see the news one night where the reporter used a library card to get into a security vestibules that had swipe card access? Not just the library card but several other type cards as well. Also not just at one bank or even the same brand name bank but several others too. I do like the buzz in rule. Some banks have that for business transactions.

39 Grumpy Old Man July 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Yes, If the customers don’t like the bank/credit union protecting THEIR money, they need to move on.

40 Live/Work in Concord July 17, 2014 at 2:28 PM

What is next…. a full body scan like the airport? How about a photo and fingerprints at the door? So many rules and laws, just give the tellers their own side arms, that would stop bank robberies.

41 JLG July 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM


42 SAD July 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

The Stockton bank robbery victim’s husband is the Service Manager at All Star Ford in Pittsburg.

43 Atticus Thraxx July 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

How many adjustments do we have to make to account for the very few before enough is enough? And what will you make the bankers take off while they steal?

44 Jojo Potato July 17, 2014 at 2:53 PM

My mother in law got a job as a tell at World Savings in Lafayette. First day on the job she got robbed by a guy with a gun. That was also her last day working there. I was actually pretty happy the way it worked out.

45 The Observer July 17, 2014 at 3:09 PM

The bank that gets my business has all tellers behind bulletproof glass. Why would a robber go there when there are the open and robber-friendly banks not far away?

The worst bank had to be Great Western when they had their tellers scattered around the bank at open podiums. They might as well have had a sign in the window saying “Robbers Welcome.”

46 PhilthyPHRESH July 17, 2014 at 3:14 PM

What they should make a law punishing people that rob with notes same as people that rob with guns.

47 PhilthyPHRESH July 17, 2014 at 3:17 PM would you be having as much fun, when you’re locked in the same bank, with a possibly mental issues having robber, that possibly has a weapon and decides he’s going to start executing hostages until the bank opens up?

48 aClaycordian July 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM

How, exactly, will that stop any crime whatsoever? If someone is going to rob a bank, the last thing they’ll even consider is following some stupid dress code.

Sounds about as logical as some of the anti gun laws we’ve allowed to pass in recent years.

49 Nutcreek Frontier July 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Absolutely, and if I see someone coming in to a bank “full-hoodie” I leave.

50 tired of taxes July 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I wonder what the historical record of bank robberies is for banks where all their clients come from the nearby nudist colony…

51 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

bank robbers are just obama voters taking their share. Nothing more.

52 Easy Fix July 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Shell Credit union in Martinez has an airlock type set up, first door has to close before second door opens. Set of doors for entering and another set for leaving. Don’t think they’ve ever been robbed.

Until customers stop doing business in banks who don’t care about their safety they won’t upgrade security.

53 Tom July 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I was at my credit union today, and removed my sun glasses. There is a sign posted, and it’s common courtesy to comply.

As far as doing business with banks or credit unions “behind glass”, that would be financial institutions in bad neighborhoods or banks that have been robbed too many times. No thanks. Banks with glass get robbed all the time. They just can’t hop over the counter.

Glass won’t stop bank robberies, but it will stop “take over” style.

54 what about>> July 17, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Customers showing ID, QUICK fingerprint and bank acct before they enter the bank.
That should work
Let’s Do it!

55 just a concordian July 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Banks shouldnt be open spaces. Too much room to run around and cause mayhem. I say keep banks small, tiny. Everyone stands outside. Only one person at a time, Fry’s style, the security guard lets them in. They must pass through a metal detector, take off their shoes and have their DNA swabbed. Once their business is completed, they may pick up their shoes, but put them back on outside.
And as for the security guard… if the damn night clubs can afford 2-3 6.5 250 lbs guys, so can the damn banks!

56 Don July 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM


57 Good heart July 18, 2014 at 6:37 PM

It’s not profiling it’s called security and safeguard ! People don’t like it then they don’t patronize a bank!

58 Iggey July 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I’m okay with whatever it takes to keep customers and bank employees safe. I have noticed several banks with the thick glass in front of the tellers. It does seem like bank robberies are in the news all to often. Armed guards are probably out of the question. Perhaps we could come up with a special and gruesome punishment for the surviving criminal (Jaime Ramos) as a determent. Oh, that would violate his constitutional rights, what could I be thinking??????

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