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A black man in Michigan tried to deposit checks at his bank. The manager called police.

11 comments

  1. [3]
    HoolaBoola
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    Because being black means you can't be racist, obviously.

    Bank spokesman Tom Wennerberg told the Detroit Free Press that the branch manager is African American and that Thomas' race was not a factor.

    Because being black means you can't be racist, obviously.

    13 votes
    1. [2]
      skybrian
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      This seems like an excessively binary take on things? It's supporting evidence for why it might be less likely.

      This seems like an excessively binary take on things? It's supporting evidence for why it might be less likely.

      7 votes
      1. HoolaBoola
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        Could be. And could very well be that the bank truly did not discriminate against the man based on his race. But that defense does not sit well with me.

        Could be. And could very well be that the bank truly did not discriminate against the man based on his race. But that defense does not sit well with me.

        6 votes
  2. Luna
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    This is as bad as it sounds, there's no real defense for the bank. Existing while black in America is not easy. Some discussion on reddit

    This is as bad as it sounds, there's no real defense for the bank. Existing while black in America is not easy.

    Some discussion on reddit

    10 votes
  3. [6]
    ehmry
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    One of my biggest frustrations when living in Michigan was arguing with the bank to get checks deposited, though I blame incompetence as much racism.

    One of my biggest frustrations when living in Michigan was arguing with the bank to get checks deposited, though I blame incompetence as much racism.

    10 votes
    1. [2]
      JXM
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      Is it harder than other places?

      Is it harder than other places?

      1. Grzmot
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        Central European here, I've never seen anyone write a check, cash a check or even mention a check. They're a thing I know explicitly only from American media. That includes my parents, who are...

        Central European here, I've never seen anyone write a check, cash a check or even mention a check. They're a thing I know explicitly only from American media. That includes my parents, who are well in their fifties now. Everything is done via online transfers: wages, rent, etc.

        1 vote
    2. [3]
      arp242
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      The entire concept of checks seems horribly outdated to me. I've literally never even seen one in life, and I don't even know if you can still use them in Europe. I have no idea why they're still...

      The entire concept of checks seems horribly outdated to me. I've literally never even seen one in life, and I don't even know if you can still use them in Europe. I have no idea why they're still being used in the US; what's wrong with a bank transfer?

      6 votes
      1. arghdos
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        I've primarily used checks for paying rent. Bank transfers while not incredibly difficult, do require some non-trivial set up (e.g., exchanging bank account #s). Most of my landlords have used a...

        I've primarily used checks for paying rent. Bank transfers while not incredibly difficult, do require some non-trivial set up (e.g., exchanging bank account #s). Most of my landlords have used a check or a third party bank transfer service (e.g., the moral equivalent of Venmo).

        Also, if you don't set up a direct deposit with your employer, they will mail you a check. I imagine that there's a decent range of employers that would only use checks (anything more official than cash only, but less official than a direct deposit).

        2 votes
      2. blitz
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        Checks are great. I can write anyone a check knowing just their name and the amount I wish to pay them. Then they can deposit it into whatever bank account they want. But yeah, maybe checks are...

        Checks are great. I can write anyone a check knowing just their name and the amount I wish to pay them. Then they can deposit it into whatever bank account they want.

        But yeah, maybe checks are outdated. The entire financial system in the US is mired in regulation and ancient technology, you guys in Europe are way ahead of us w.r.t. card payments and app payments and bank transfers.

        2 votes