Cashing a Check While Black

Executive Summary:

– This is the 4th in the Soon to be Award Winning Series of “XXXX” While Black in America”. Previous editions documented “Baby Sitting While Black”, “Black and Living in a Luxury Condo” and “Gardening While Black”.

– The Police apprehended a Black Man for attempting to cash a large payroll check.

Thanks to Sarkes Corner Contributor David Schepers (Shep) for another installation in the Sarkes Corner Series “XXXX” While Black in America.

A bank has apologized after a White Clerk called police on a Black Man trying to cash his paycheck. Paul McCowns visited Huntington Bank at the Giant Eagle supermarket in Brooklyn, Ohio, with the intent of cashing a payroll check. Instead, he was apprehended by the Police.

A Black Man with a Large Payroll Check, Paul McCowns

Black Man McCowns, an electric company worker, wanted to cash his first check from a new job which totaled $1,082. The White Staff at the Bank asked Black Man McCowns to provide two forms of ID. He also gave his fingerprint, as is policy for individuals who aren’t Huntington account holders.

The Huntington Bank in the Giant Eagle Grocery Store, they must not see many Blacks with large paychecks

But despite following protocols, the White Staff at the bank questioned the transaction, not believing that the Black Man McCowns could have such a large payroll check. They then repeatedly tried to call his boss at the Electric Company to ask whether the check was fraudulent.

When his employer didn’t pick up the phone, the White Staff told Black Man McCowns he couldn’t cash the check at the branch, and he left. Unknown to Black Man McCowns, a White Bank Staff employee had called the police.
In the 911 call, the White Teller told the 911 operator that Black Man McCowns was trying to cash a “fraudulent check”.

As Black McCowns left the bank, he was stopped by police, who handcuffed him and detained him in the back of their car. A few minutes later, police were able to get in contact with Black Man McCowns’s employer, who confirmed his identity and how much he was due to be paid.

In a statement, Huntington Bank Management said: “We sincerely apologize to Mr. McCowns for this extremely unfortunate event. We accept responsibility for contacting the police as well as our own interactions with Mr. McCowns.

Sarkes provides analysis:

– Unlike all of the Old White Men P-Grabbers who claim that they are innocent, Huntington Bank immediately expressed remorse for the racial profiling of their employees. That is a good thing.

With the Orange ATM having created MILLIONS of great paying jobs, AND, Black unemployment the lowest it has ever been in History, the White Tellers at Huntington Bank should have realized that it is now possible for a Black Man to have a large payroll check.