Bank Accused of Racism after Banning Hoodies and Hats

October 7, 2013, Written By Natalie Rutledge

We’ve all heard of the “No shirt, no shoes, no service” policy that restaurants and businesses often employ. But what about a policy where you are required to take stuff off?

Such is the case with a small bank in New York that now has signs banning hats, hoodies and sunglasses while on the property.

Cross County Savings Bank claims it issued the new rule is to help guard against suspicious activity. But some customers are accusing the bank of racial profiling. They feel the bank is targeting minorities by setting rules like this in place, since minorities are most often wearing those items.

The bank says it is just a security measure that is no different than the rules set by other banks in the area. Several Cross County branches have been robbed over the past few years, and the bank is trying to take steps to prevent that from happening in the future.

The executive vice president for security at Cross County, George Makowski, said, “It’s like people putting a ‘Beware of Dog’ sign in front of their house,” remarking on the fact that the rule is rarely enforced. Nevertheless, the simple signs on the doors have caused anger with what some feel is racial profiling.



The information contained within this article was accurate as of October 7, 2013. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


About Natalie Rutledge

Natalie Rutledge majored in Communications at Mississippi State University. She was in sales for a number of businesses and spent nine years working as a communications advisor to various entities. Natalie can be contacted directly at [email protected]
View all posts by Natalie Rutledge