Sunday, January 31, 2010

Minority Reporting Josey Wales

A disgruntled bank customer wanted justice, after achieving no satisfaction from Bank of America regarding a bank fee. Francis Coleman, an unemployed machinist from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, called his local TV station with a warning. HuffPo reported:

(Francis) told them he wanted a camera crew to film him robbing the bank. "Tomorrow I'm gonna get my satisfaction. I'm gonna rob the place," Coleman said, according to WFMZ producer Dan Rinkus. "Satisfaction is going to be had, one way or another."

The station called the police, who arrested Mr. Coleman. Bank of America commented on the situation:

"Although we can't comment on the incident, since it's under investigation, I can say that the customer was never charged any overdraft fees," said a spokeswoman. "The customer is in the process of being refunded for the service fee originally charged."

Note the customer is in the process of being refunded, i.e. it hadn't happened prior to the incident. However, Mr. Coleman has been charged with making "terroristic threats." His bail is $75,000.

While Francis didn't actually rob a bank, he clearly had outlaw intentions. Consider the words of another outlaw, Josey Wales:

Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is.

Times have changed since Josey's day. Who knew banks would do the robbing? How long will they get away with it?

Conversely, how many more mentally unstable will act out in ways undesirable in our society? One thing's for sure, life ain't no picture show.

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