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Bank Wants Thumbprint From Man With No Hands

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the pedantic-jerks dept.

Idle 21

Being born without arms hasn't stopped Steve Valdez from living a normal life, but it has stopped him from being able to cash a check at Bank of America. Even though he had two forms of picture ID, the bank still wanted a thumbprint to cash his check. The teller acknowledged that a thumbprint would be impossible to get, saying "Obviously you can't give a thumbprint," but her manager refused to process the check unless they had one.

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A thank you note to the manager would be nice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29274779)

For the multi-million dollar ADA compliance lawsuit they just handed this guy.

Re:A thank you note to the manager would be nice.. (2, Insightful)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#29275955)

Sometimes incompetence is another way to spell benevolence.

Re:A thank you note to the manager would be nice.. (1)

plover (150551) | more than 5 years ago | (#29295189)

For the multi-million dollar ADA compliance lawsuit they just handed this guy.

"Here, I'll hand you this lawsuit! Oops, missed. Sorry, missed again. Oh, too bad!"

ugh (1)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 5 years ago | (#29275211)

to call these people asshats would do asshats everywhere a disservice.

Re:ugh (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 5 years ago | (#29280275)

"to call these people asshats would do asshats everywhere a disservice."

Can we just call Bank of America an asshat?

Mindless automatons (2, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#29275967)

If I were Mr. Valdez, I would ask for them to document the refusal in writing, then turn that little piece of evidence over to a lawyer for a lawsuit under ADA. If I was the bank, I'd hiring somebody capable of thinking outside the box... perhaps somebody capable of asking "Do you have toes?" In the bank's defense, how do they know it is really him, and not some other man with no hands just pretending to be him? Yeah, that's pretty weak.

Re:Mindless automatons (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 5 years ago | (#29280265)

"In the bank's defense, how do they know it is really him, and not some other man with no hands just pretending to be him? Yeah, that's pretty weak."

I'm pretty sure an armless man cashing fake checks would be caught red handed.

Thanks! I'll be here all week!

Re:Mindless automatons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29280803)

I'm pretty sure an armless man cashing fake checks would be caught red handed.

Thanks! I'll be here all week!

I don't get it. Please explain, in detail.

Re:Mindless automatons (1)

Scragglykat (1185337) | more than 5 years ago | (#29285665)

Perhaps next time, he'll try to use his disarming charm on the teller. Tip your wait staff.

Other parts of Anatomy. (1)

twitter (104583) | more than 5 years ago | (#29280945)

In many cultures, showing someone your foot is a grave insult and we can be sure that no one wants to put their thumbs where someone else has put their bare feet. It's an inconvenient undignified mark of servility to take your shoes off as anyone who's flown in the land of the free and home of the brave knows. So, the man should have offered his penis. I think that would get the point across. Fingerprint scanners are an easy to fool waste of everyone's time and dignity.

I can see the bank's side of this (1)

BenSchuarmer (922752) | more than 5 years ago | (#29277339)

They're trying to prevent a crime-wave of armless people writing bad checks.

Re:I can see the bank's side of this (1)

Sarlin (1309837) | more than 5 years ago | (#29289111)

and unarmed robbery! Morons!

Re:I can see the bank's side of this (1)

plover (150551) | more than 5 years ago | (#29295203)

They're trying to prevent a crime-wave of armless people writing bad checks.

Obligatory Douglas Adams update: "Mostly 'armless."

thmbprint?????? (1)

hmar (1203398) | more than 5 years ago | (#29277355)

Why in hell would a bank ask for a thumb print? I have never been asked this, by BoA or any other bank.

Re:thmbprint?????? (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 5 years ago | (#29280247)

All the banks in St. Louis do this (yes, all, I have been to all of them) if you cash a check someone wrote you and do not have an account at that bank.

Re:thmbprint?????? (1)

Scragglykat (1185337) | more than 5 years ago | (#29285677)

So it sounds to me like he should find a bank where he has an account? Doesn't sound too hard to me. Besides, cross-bank fees can cost you an arm and an arm.

What is a bank ? (1)

billcopc (196330) | more than 5 years ago | (#29279001)

Remember, people, these are the organizations you trust with your money.

Banks are terribly overrated, as if that weren't obvious by now.

Re:What is a bank ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29280263)

Remember, people, these are the organizations you trust with your money.

Banks are terribly overrated, as if that weren't obvious by now.

Right.

Because trusting the government is so much BETTER.

At the end of the year, the feds wind up with a shitload more of my money than any bank does.

Just remember this: Taxes: they WILL be used against you

Re:What is a bank ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29285691)

Umm, perhaps I missed it, but please point out the part of the GP where he mentioned anything about the government.

At all.

Maybe you should brush up on your reading comprehension skills, as they're sorely lacking.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#29282273)

Don't suppose they can use his big toe print instead?

For you privacy folks... (1)

SeeSp0tRun (1270464) | more than 5 years ago | (#29292457)

For anyone not wanting BoA to have your thumbprint on file every time they are hacked, or inevitably go under... just put a layer of glue on your thumbs. Make it thin enough so heat transmits through, and thick enough so your thumbprint is a blob.
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