One Response to “Union Bank: No Hats, No Hoods, No Sunglasses”
March 25th, 2012
But what about burkas? Surely they aren't going to discriminate. Signed the "Burka Bandit" LOL ;-)
“This is a bank-wide policy that’s been in effect since 2008,” said Tanya PeeblesHill, a bank spokeswoman, in an email.
The sign at the branch at 2865 East Coast Highway states, “For Your Safety and Ours we ask you please NO Hats NO Hoods NO Sunglasses.”
This branch had a robbery where the suspect wore a beanie and dark sunglasses on Jan. 28. Police continue to investigate the robbery, and no arrest has been made, said Kathy Lowe, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman.
Other banks don’t have official dress codes but may ask a customer to remove a hat or glasses, two bank spokeswomen said.
“While we do not have dress requirements for customers inside our banking centers, if a teller cannot visually identify a customer due to an item covering the customer’s face, we may ask for that item to be removed temporarily for identification purposes,” said Colleen Haggerty, a media relations representative for Bank of America, in an email. “The safety of our customers and employees are our highest priority, and we have multiple security measures in place inside every banking center.”
Wells Fargo has a similar policy, said Edna Silva, a Wells Fargo corporate communications official, in an email.
“Wells Fargo is diligent about creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment for our team and our customers,” her email said. “Although we do not have a policy specific to items of clothing, there may be instances where an individual will be asked to remove a hat or sunglasses for identification purposes. Team members in our banking stores are always on the lookout for suspicious behavior or activity, and we treat each situation accordingly.”
Email and telephone messages seeking information about dress codes at Citibank and Opus Bank were not immediately answered.