A Detroit man who successfully sued his employer for racial discrimination faced another when he attempted to cash the check - the bank refused, and they promptly called the cops on him.
Sauntore Thomas visited the bank this week to cash his settlement checks, but the Livonia bank refused to cash or deposit his checks. As well as calling the authorities, they also initiated a fraud investigation.
Thomas has already hired a lawyer and filed a lawsuit against TCF Bank for alleged race discrimination, charging the Livonia branch with mistreating and humiliating him by calling four police officers when all he was trying to do was deposit legitimate checks.
The police say the bank's computer system read the checks as fraudulent.
"I didn't deserve treatment like that when I knew that the check was not fraudulent," Thomas told the Free Press. "I'm a United States veteran. I have an honorable discharge from the Air Force. They discriminated against me because I'm black. None of this would have happened if I were white."
TCF has since issued with an apology:
"We apologize for the experience Mr. Thomas had at our banking center. Local police should not have been involved. We strongly condemn racism and discrimination of any kind. We take extra precautions involving large deposits and requests for cash and in this case, we were unable to validate the checks presented by Mr. Thomas and regret we could not meet his needs."
The bank adds: "TCF Bank is a diverse business serving a diverse community and we abhor racism in all forms. Mr. Thomas' transaction was handled like any other transactions involving requests for large amounts of cash. We regret any inconvenience to Mr. Thomas."
Thomas was not arrested, and no charges were filed.