Detroit Bank Calls Police on Black Air Force Vet Depositing Racial Discrimination Settlement Check and Gets Sued (No kidding)

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Daily Beast: A Detroit man who reached a settlement with his former employer over racial discrimination was subsequently questioned by police at a Michigan bank after its employees initiated a fraud investigation when he tried to deposit and cash his settlement check.

The Detroit Free Press reports Sauntore Thomas, 44, has now filed a new lawsuit, claiming TCF Bank’s Livonia branch employees humiliated him by calling in four police officers after he tried to deposit his legitimate check.

Thomas told the Free Press that an assistant branch manager “appeared suspicious and explained the checks would need to be ‘verified’ but that the bank’s computerized ‘verification system’ was not working that day.”

Because of the malfunction, she said she would have to make a call to complete the transaction, but then asked Thomas: “How did you get this money?” The employee then stepped out of the office and contacted police, the Free Press reports.

TCF Bank spokesman Tom Wennerberg has said that the institution condemns racism and it was not a factor in how the bank handled Thomas’ requests, stating its computer system read the check as fraudulent because of a scanning problem.

Thomas, however, said he opened an account with a Chase bank in Detroit later that day and his money was made available 12 hours later.

“I didn’t deserve treatment like that when I knew that the check was not fraudulent,” Thomas told the Detroit Free Press. “I’m a United States veteran. I have an honorable discharge from the Air Force. They discriminated against me because I’m black. None of this would have happened if I were white.”

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Gee, one would think by the tone of this story, the KKK was running this bank. Were all the tellers wearing white hoods and was there a cross burning in the front? What occurred was inexcusable but if you know anything about Detroit, one might understand the suspicions. Livonia has its own problems with street gangs anyway. Anywhere below 9 Mile is a war zone with more shootings and places where I guarantee you, you should not drive into.
    After all the sound and fury, he was able to cash his check and deposit it at another bank. By the way, computer systems go down occasionally. It happens all the time up here.(Northern Michigan)

  2. Incidentally (but, on one level, pivotally) Evolution is not even science. It is being inceasingly ridiculed and exposed for the laughable travesty of putative evidence in support of it. The Cambrian Explosion, alone, is enough to destroy its claims. However, there is zero evidence for any change in speciation : zero.

    Its proponents, whose research is almost entirely funded by the multinationals that they want to ‘keep in with’, are increasingly ‘on the run’ these days. Read and follow ‘uncommondescent.com.’ They have a brand of totalitarianism that has been viciously vengeful, careers are threatened and have been cut short for defying the establishment. The last thing the prinicpas of the multinationals want is for their corporations and their personal lives to be subject to moral constraints.

    • For ‘They have a brand of totalitariansim’, please read, ‘The atheist,scientific establishment….’

    • No, real Americans love sarcasm. It’s all we have anymore. Everything is a frigging nightmare. My previous comment was not directed at you but at those that insist on political correctness at the expence of freedom of thought and the ability to express same.

    • Trust Me this guy can actually keep going around collecting Discrimination Checks , Yes , Yes With his Luck it’s possible BUT Do You Think HE Chose THAT ……..

  3. What can you expect from people with straight hair, thin lips and a lot of body hair – like those critters that swing from the branches of trees… ‘cep he got served by better-trained ones that afternoon. Or maybe they’re part of the human race, like you, but unlike certain employees at the CTF Bank’s Livonia branch.

    • “What can you expect from people with straight hair, thin lips and a lot of body hair – like those critters that swing from the branches of trees.”

      What a ridiculous comment, you’re obviously just as racist as the people you’re condemning.