Another day, another unnecessary call to the police over a Black person not doing anything other than existing. A Fort Lauderdale woman who also works as a bank manager is suing Wells Fargo after the branch called the cops on her for trying to cash a $140 check.
Miami New Times reports:
Barbara Carroll just wanted to cash a check for $140. The 78-year-old former probation officer and assistant bank manager, who is black, stopped by a Wells Fargo branch in Fort Lauderdale last November for what she thought would be a quick errand.
Instead, she says, she spent two and a half hours at the bank’s Victoria Park location while employees refused to cash her check or return her driver’s license, asking the PhD-holder what she did for the money and telling her they had called police. They were suspicious that Carroll was guilty of forgery, she says — even after the man who wrote the check confirmed it was legitimate.
“I felt very embarrassed,” she tells New Times. “I felt belittled. I can’t tell you the emotions I felt.”
The incident took place last November and is now coming to light based on Caroll’s open lawsuit against the company. Personally, we hope she gets everything she asks for.
Cashing Checks While Black: Wells Fargo Calls Cops On Black Bank Manager Over Check was originally published on hiphopwired.com