Archive Links

Consumer Archive
CU System Archive
Market Archive
Products Archive
Washington Archive
150x172_CUEffect.jpg
Contacts
LISA MCCUEVICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
MICHELLE WILLITSManaging Editor
RON JOOSSASSISTANT EDITOR
ALEX MCVEIGHSTAFF NEWSWRITER
TOM SAKASHSTAFF NEWSWRITER

News Now

CU System
City police urge no hathoodsunglasses policies
COLUMBUS, Ohio (5/19/09)--City police are urging the credit unions in Westerville, Ohio, to strictly enforce policies that require members to remove their sunglasses, hats or hoods when entering to avoid potential robberies. Suzanne McCann, vice president of sales and operations at CME FCU in Columbus, Ohio, told The Columbus Dispatch Friday that she witnessed a robbery at the credit union. The robber wore a hat and sunglasses, she said. CME has a similar “no hats, sunglasses” policy that has been enforced at every branch, the newspaper said. Some credit union members weren’t happy with the policy, but McCann said the policy helps keep everyone safe. Although only a few cities nationwide have “no hats” policies, voluntary participation is increasing, Harry Trombitas, an FBI special agent based in Columbus. Most bank robbers want to avoid conflict, and complying with a request to take a hat or sunglasses off could attract more attention, he said. There have been 22 Columbus-area robberies this year, five fewer than this time last year, the newspaper said. Credit unions in several states have adopted “no hat, no hoods, no sunglasses” policies. In 2003, the Delaware Credit Union League provided posters and signs to credit unions that ask member to remove these articles of clothing when they enter the credit union (News Now Aug. 25, 2003). The same year, the Missouri Credit Union Association adopted a similar policy. Other states with “no hats, hoods or sunglasses” rules include South Carolina, Massachusetts and Oklahoma (News Now June 3, 2005). Though the policies have been implemented to increase safety, they have been criticized. Earlier this year, a Muslim woman who was a member of Navy FCU said she was denied service from the credit union for wearing a traditional head scarf as required by her religion. Navy Federal contacted the member and apologized to her (News Now Feb. 4).
Other Resources

RSS





print
News Now LiveWire
Better economic & #CU conditions,leading to higher rates in '15,'16, will boost CU earnings, asset quality,capital http://t.co/rmJvi3MIpQ
12 hours ago
RT @CUNA: Today is the first day of #CUYouthMonth How is your #creditunion celebrating?
16 hours ago
New @FICO score metric expected this week, will include utility payments http://t.co/l0hGhilMqQ
17 hours ago
.@TheNCUA increased supplier diversity in 2014 by 49%, although NCUA’s workforce diversity levels declined slightly.
17 hours ago
Also from FFIEC today, council announces reappointments of Mary Hughes and Lauren Kingry to its State Liaison Committee. 2of2
17 hours ago