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Banker Doesn’t Believe This Black Woman Is An Architect, So He Refuses To Cash Out Her Paycheck
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Banker Doesn’t Believe This Black Woman Is An Architect, So He Refuses To Cash Out Her Paycheck

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We’ve all heard the disappointing and sometimes horrifying stories of people shopping while Black, driving while Black, and even walking while Black. But what about banking while Black? Trish Doolin, an architect from Kirkland, Washington, was recently trying to cash her first paycheck from a new job at a KeyBrank branch in Seattle when the employee serving her proceeded to question the authenticity of both the check and her career – far more than what would normally be considered ‘standard procedure.’ Rather than simply asking for her ID, the teller attempted to contact the HR department of her Philadelphia-based employer, asked Doolin a series of invasive questions, and decided to hold the check for a whole 9 days “just to be safe” when it was all through. Having only been a customer with the bank for 29 days, she was understandably shocked.

“I live in a world where, no matter what’s in my brain or purse, no matter how I wear my hair… I’m still black. People still clutch their purses when I walk past,” Doolin told Buzzfeed News after going public with her frustration on social media. KeyBank has since claimed to “not tolerate discrimination,” but Doolin is not convinced, and has reported that she will be switching banks.

Debates have now broken out over whether this woman’s treatment was in order, or borderline racist. Scroll down to find out more.

This is Trish Doolin, an architect from Kirkland, WA, who claims a bank in Seattle discriminated against her

It all started when she entered the KeyBank branch to deposit her first paycheck from a new job…

Some people couldn’t agree more that her experience was a classic example of corporate racism

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Others, however, say the bank teller involved was merely following ‘standard procedure,’ or were unsure

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Was this encounter in line with policy, or severely out of it? Tell us below!

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Blue Hippo
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My wife is African American "black" and we live in East Tennessee. I'm am still astonished of the ignorance of racism that we live in. I have seen nasty looks and words when were in an all Caucasian neighborhood directed at me and she gets the nasty when were in all African American neighborhood. Racism knows no bounds, color, or Creed. So honey let me apologize for that ignorant person. (The way to stop racism...starts with our children)

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Dani Donovan
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YES!! I'm black and my husband is white and I agree with you! We've had similar experiences.

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Blue Cicada
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm a white woman w a diverse set of family, friends and students. I will have totally normal experiences in a business when alone. On another visit to the same location, with a tan, brown or black companion, we're treated w suspicion, derision and disdain. I've had to speak to branch managers about rude/prejudiced tellers, using precise examples. It's easy for a white person to say that reports of racism are exaggerated when they haven't had to negotiate life with a darker than white complexion. A bank has protocols, of course, but the word choice and body language when double checking information reveals the employee's bias. First paychecks are frequently in paper, before direct deposit gets set up. processed.aadvised folks w

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earringnut
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"i heard about a white guy that this happened to. i mean i don't know the guy, but it definitely happened."

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Blue Hippo
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My wife is African American "black" and we live in East Tennessee. I'm am still astonished of the ignorance of racism that we live in. I have seen nasty looks and words when were in an all Caucasian neighborhood directed at me and she gets the nasty when were in all African American neighborhood. Racism knows no bounds, color, or Creed. So honey let me apologize for that ignorant person. (The way to stop racism...starts with our children)

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Dani Donovan
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

YES!! I'm black and my husband is white and I agree with you! We've had similar experiences.

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Blue Cicada
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm a white woman w a diverse set of family, friends and students. I will have totally normal experiences in a business when alone. On another visit to the same location, with a tan, brown or black companion, we're treated w suspicion, derision and disdain. I've had to speak to branch managers about rude/prejudiced tellers, using precise examples. It's easy for a white person to say that reports of racism are exaggerated when they haven't had to negotiate life with a darker than white complexion. A bank has protocols, of course, but the word choice and body language when double checking information reveals the employee's bias. First paychecks are frequently in paper, before direct deposit gets set up. processed.aadvised folks w

earringnut_1 avatar
earringnut
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"i heard about a white guy that this happened to. i mean i don't know the guy, but it definitely happened."

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