Monday, August 3, 2009

America's Justice System: Discouraging Courage

Today in the news, a bank teller was fired for chasing a would-be robber.
Bank tellers are trained to get robbers out the door quickly and are advised against possibly escalating a situation over money that's federally insured.

Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said the best course for citizens is to be good witnesses to crimes.

"When confronted by a violent criminal, it is best to comply unless they feel their personal safety is in jeopardy. It is possible that taking action and confronting the criminal may lead to the injury of the victim or other bystanders."

"You want tellers to be proactive, but you want them to do it safely," said FBI Special Agent Fred Gutt.
Wow! What amazing advice! Apparently our contemporary company policies and our modern political climate is actively encouraging people to be pansies. Personally, I admire the bank teller who refused to kowtow to the demands of a burglar. I admire a man who is assertive enough to stand his ground against evil-doers and who has courage enough to take action against them. Those are increasingly rare traits. In the case of this particular teller, he got flawless results. No money was stolen, nobody was hurt, and the bank robber was successfully apprehended. You can't possibly have a more successful outcome. All this because of the actions of one unarmed teller!

But, apparently our government says that we should just be good little citizens, give in to the demands of criminals and leave the administration of justice to trained professionals. They tell us to be proactive in a safe way--by doing absolutely nothing! I'm not sure how they define proactive, but I consider doing nothing to be the very least proactive response possible. What expectation of safety can there possibly be in the case of violent or potentially violent criminals? The very presence of a violent criminal strips all potential safety from the situation. Again, I'm not sure what sort of world police live in, but I'm pretty certain that wherever lawlessness and weapons are simultaneously involved, there is no such thing as safety. Maybe in their world, violent crimes are always carried out in a safe and civilized manner.

If I ever decide to become a criminal mastermind, I'll be sure to only rob banks that have company policies requiring bank tellers to cooperate with robbers' demands.


  1. Heh - That is quite ridiculous indeed! I like this quote: "All it takes for the bad guys to win is for the good guys to do nothing." Good story. Good perspective.

  2. I know this is an old entry, but I don't see a response like this, so:
    You may be certain that there is no such thing as safety when presented with a mugger or a bank robber, but you are also quite wrong. Just because someone wants your money does not mean they are some sort of cartoon villain who wants to kill you for the sake of killing you.
    Your argument about being proactive is a straw man. They are not saying that you should do nothing. They are saying that you should look out for your safety first (your life is more valuable than your money, if you didn't realize) while paying attention to details that would help the police catch the criminal afterward.
    They also specifically pointed out that if one believes their personal safety is in jeopardy, one should not simply comply.

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