FBI Agent Wants Dress Code at Bank

FBI agent Larry Carr is working on legislation that stops banks from doing business with customers wearing a cap or hooded sweatshirt. Since most bank security cameras are above the customer counter, the video often can't capture the robber's face under the brim of a cap.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And here's another scene that could make us play that scary music. A man enters a bank, wearing sunglasses and a hat; and something happens. Well, that's less likely to happen in Washington State thanks to the work of an enterprising FBI agent. He has suggested a dress code for banks, which is our last word in business today. According to The Seattle Times, Special Agent Larry Carr is working on legislation that would forbid banks from doing business with customers who wear a cap or a hooded sweatshirt. Because most bank security cameras are positioned above the customer counter, the video often cannot capture the robber's face under the brim of a cap. Agent Carr concedes he would have to exempt bank customers who have to wear hats for religious or medical reasons.

It is not clear if anybody thought of simply repositioning the surveillance cameras.

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