If you have read my bio, you have learned that I have "retired" from a 10 year banking career. During this career, I was involved in four, yes FOUR bank robberies. Two were very violent, one we were warned it would happen, (the FBI staked out the bank for a week before it finally happened - and on the day of my baby shower) and the last one was just a nice, friendly note passer.
The first very violent one was what the FBI and banking call a "Morning Glory" robbery. The robber catches the opening people off guard, forces them into the bank and then proceeds to take over the vault. This particular man was prepared with a revolver and handcuffs. I gladly handed over the money after he jerked me inside the bank that morning, hurting my arm, and then making me lie down on my stomach while he put handcuffs on me. I wanted them above my head, but he wanted them behind my back! He stole my manager's car after setting off her alarm. She finally got untied from the phone cord he had used from my desk phone and called 911. As the call came in, a Bixby policeman saw the infamous green Pathfinder traveling North on Memorial and chased it to 101st street, where the robber probably had getaway friends. It ended in a crash and a couple of cars nearly being stolen before he finally tried to steal an undercover detective's car and the detective shot him in the shoulder. Meanwhile, the police had arrived at the bank and wouldn't take the handcuffs off of me! Fortunately I was sitting up by this point, but unfortunately I was evidence. Wouldn't want to disturb the evidence now would we?!?
My second violent robbery happened in less than 45 seconds. Two men in ski masks ran into the bank yelling, waving guns, throwing pillowcases with bricks in them and then jumping on the counter. This robbery is called a "Takeover" robbery. I was sitting behind my desk when they entered and heard them say, "Everyone get on the ground now!" Believe me, you listen when you hear this demand! They proceeded to take what they wanted including customers' wallets before they left. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
Sorry, the other two robberies were kind of boring. Money was taken, the men who held us up were pretty nice and they never showed guns, only one insinuated there was even a gun present. And the other one just walked in like he was a customer and grabbed a savings deposit slip and wrote "Give me the money" and passed it to the teller. They both walked out like it was another payday! Sure hope they all enjoy that federal jail cell for terrorizing me!
One of my friends recently posted this on her Facebook status: "I would be a TERRIBLE eye witness. Sometimes I test myself by trying to mentally describe someone I noticed in a store or restaurant, and I can barely get more than male or female, and taller than me, which is like, everyone. Not very observant."
This was my response: "In banking that was one thing we were taught in robbery training. But, in a crisis situation it's hard, everyone sees differently. Two things: don't talk to each other and always look at the shoes, they might shuck their jacket, hat, mask- but they never have time to change shoes!"
The reason you don't talk to each other is because people see and observe things differently. Write down what you see before listening to someone else's account or you could become confused between your facts and theirs. The more information you can give the authorities separately, the better chance an arrest can be made.
Fortunately, for most of The RHOK readers, you will never be in a situation such as a bank robbery. However, you could be a victim of a random mugging. The key in any type of situation like this is to listen and follow demands. Also, be constantly aware of your surroundings. DO NOT try to be a hero! Things can be replaced, lives cannot!