A black man in Michigan tried to deposit checks at his bank. The manager called police

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  1. NewsVine_Mariyam
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    Although there are many who refuse to believe this (or just don't care that racial discrimination is still occuring in year 2020) I have plenty of first hand experience to the contrary.

    I just read in the news yesterday that former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has been barred from the banking industry for life after it was exposed that Wells Fargo employees were opening additional accounts of their existing customers without their knowledge or consent.

    A black man in Michigan tried to deposit checks at his bank. The manager called police.

    Ironically, the checks that Sauntore Thomas tried to deposit were from a settlement for a racial discrimination lawsuit against his former employer.
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    Sauntore Thomas, right, and his lawyer, Deborah Gordon, left, on Jan. 23, 2020 in Bloomfield Hills,

    Mich.Mike Householder / AP
    Jan. 24, 2020, 8:51 AM PST
    By Minyvonne Burke

    An African American man who went to his local bank in Michigan to deposit checks had the police called on him by a branch manager suspecting fraud.

    Ironically, the checks, totaling $99,000, that Sauntore Thomas, 44, sought to deposit at TCF Bank in Livonia were part of a court settlement for a racial discrimination lawsuit against his former employer.

    Now Thomas, an Air Force veteran, has sued his bank's holding company, TCF Financial Corp., alleging racial discrimination.

    The suit filed this week in Wayne County Circuit Court says Thomas has had a checking account at the bank since 2018, and he went there on Tuesday asking the branch manager to open a savings account for him so he could deposit the checks.

    But the manager became suspicious that the checks were fraudulent and questioned Thomas about where he got them, the suit alleges.

    The manager told Thomas that the checks would need to be verified, but that the computer system the bank uses to verify checks was not working. In order to complete Thomas' transaction, the manager said she would need to go in the back and "call in the checks," the suit says.

    Instead of trying to verify the checks, the suit claims that the manager refused to deposit them and then went into the back to call Livonia police. Four officers arrived at the bank and questioned Thomas about the checks.

    Thomas called his lawyer on the phone to have her verify where he got the checks from but that still did not satisfy the branch manager.

    "Defendant still refused to deposit the checks," the suit states. "TCF Bank subsequently filed a police report against Plaintiff for check fraud."

    Thomas eventually left the bank and went somewhere else to deposit his checks. The lawsuit claims that Thomas' race "was a factor in Defendant's decision to treat him less favorably than other individuals."

    Thomas reiterated that sentiment during an interview with the The Associated Press.

    “They did not want to assist me because I was African American. They didn’t want to assist me because they assumed that I had a fraudulent check, which was far from the truth," he told the outlet, adding, "This was no mistake."

    A spokesman for TCF did not immediately return NBC News' request for comment. The bank told the Detroit Free Press in a statement that the police should not have been called on Thomas and that it apologizes for what happened.

    “We strongly condemn racism and discrimination of any kind,” the bank said. “We take extra precautions involving large deposits and requests for cash, and in this case, we were unable to validate the checks presented by Mr. Thomas and regret we could not meet his needs.”

    The lawsuit says Thomas was humiliated by the incident and suffered mental anguish and emotional distress. He is seeking damages.

    A black man in Michigan tried to deposit checks at his bank. The manager called police.
     
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    I don't think it's racial discrimination, I think it a case of a hate filled stupid bitch.
     
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    The lawsuit says Thomas was humiliated by the incident and suffered mental anguish and emotional distress.


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    I see another check in his future.
     
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    He found something he's good at.

    I wonder if he's IM2?
     
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    It happens to whites as well. To such a degree that the banks are protected:
    The man himself may have been acting suspicious to further his discrimination career. Who knows. Regardless, it is legally, the banker's call. And with the amount at stake, I am sure the bank wanted to err on the side of the bank.
    Banks are equal opportunity discriminators. They hate us all...
     
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    Nice gig he has going. A hundred grand from a discrimination lawsuit and another one on the way. I wish I could be a discrimination victim.
     
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    This guy could just quit his job and sue people the rest of his life, I guess.
     
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    Hiring a crooked and suing everyone beats working. .. :cool:
     
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    Where in that code does it mention calling the police?

    It is one thing to believe someone is engaged in fraudulent behavior, erroneous as your belief may be, and therefore refuse them service. It is an entirely different matter to publically and erroneously accuse them of fraudulent behavior and then call the police on them when they haven't engaged in any criminal behavior. This applies no matter what your race is. In this case however, the thing that the bank employee said she needed to do, which was to verify the validity of the checks, once it was provided, was still not enough, apparently even with the police there.

    Absolute proof that it was racial discrimination? Well anything can be argued however unless the bank can provide an example of them having denied a white customer the right to open another deposit account in that or a similar substantial amount, then yeah it looks like racial discrimination in the sense that apparently she could not conceive of any scenario in which this black man could have that much money to deposit. It's not even like he was trying to cash the checks and walk out with it. She could have opened the account and put a long enough hold on the funds until they cleared to ensure that the bank would not be out of any money if there was anything untoward occurring but no, she had to falsely accuse him of a crime, in all likelihood because he's black and call the police on him.

    And that's why they're being sued.
     
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