Thursday, September 3, 2009
"Friendly" Florida Bank of America Denies Service to Man With No Arms
TAMPA, Fla. -- A man born without arms is upset that a bank would not allow him to cash a check without having a thumbprint.
Steve Valdez said a Bank of America branch in downtown Tampa would not allow him to cash a check from his wife last week. The bank said since he didn't have an account, he would need to provide a thumbprint.
Valdez has prosthetic arms and is unable to be fingerprinted. He said he presented two forms of ID but was still denied.
He said a bank manager told him he could either come back to the bank with his wife or open an account himself.