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Black Female Architect Can’t Deposit Paycheck Because The Banker Doesn’t Believe She’s Actually an Architect

By FML Approved / vendredi 6 octobre 2017 12:30
It’s been about a year since Trish Doolin (now McIntosh) had a troubling experience at a Washington state bank. When she was unable to deposit her first paycheck into her bank account, Trish experienced an FML that is a sad reality for black women, and men, around the United States.

Trish McIntosh is an architect in Kirkland, Washington, but she was in Seattle when she stopped by a branch of KeyBrank Bank to deposit her first paycheck on October 5th of last year. What should have been a simple process was made much more difficult when the banker pulled her aside to question her identity.

She posted about her experience on Facebook.

Nevermind that very few women occupy the architecture industry, much less black women. What should be a point of admiration was called discourteously doubted by the banker in Trish’s story.

Her story initially went viral a year ago, but was brought back to attention over the weekend when new debates over the issue sprang up. Many people expressed support for McIntosh and spoke more broadly of the experience of black women in the U.S. and the systematic discrimination they experience regularly.

Here are some of the comments as reported by BoredPanda:

In an interview with Buzzfeed, McIntosh elaborated.

“I live in a world where, no matter what’s in my brain or purse, no matter how I wear my hair, no matter how fabulous I look when I walk out the door, I’m still black. People still clutch their purses when I walk past.”

Not everyone was convinced that this was an issue of racism. Others said the bank was following standard procedure.

Sure, dealing with the bank is an FML in and of itself, but that’s no reason to minimize McIntosh’s experience.

If only the world were more like FML, where we don’t take into account skin color when judging submissions. A check is a check, just like an FML is an FML.

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By  fooltemptress  |  35

When this happens to white people, we are supposed to assume that it's standard operating procedure. Why then, when this happens to a black person, are we supposed to automatically assume it's racially motivated? I'm all for calling people out when they're being racist. Those POS's need to die in a fire. But calling someone racist when they're not does far more harm than good. Not only is it irresponsible, it makes people less likely to pay attention when real racism rears its ugly head.

By  LtCmdrData  |  9

I don't want to invalidate her experience. I'm just here to say this happened to me on some scale, too. When I started each of my "adult" jobs making real money, both of the first two employers normally used direct deposit, but both sent the first paycheck as a paper check. the first bank held it for 8 days, the second, a credit union, for 5. I didn't have crazy ID hoops to jump through, though, and they didn't try to call my companies. At my current job, the first direct deposit was quite hefty because it included moving expenses. That was also held for 5 painful days. For reference, I am a white male with good credit.

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By  fooltemptress  |  35

When this happens to white people, we are supposed to assume that it's standard operating procedure. Why then, when this happens to a black person, are we supposed to automatically assume it's racially motivated? I'm all for calling people out when they're being racist. Those POS's need to die in a fire. But calling someone racist when they're not does far more harm than good. Not only is it irresponsible, it makes people less likely to pay attention when real racism rears its ugly head.

By  LtCmdrData  |  9

I don't want to invalidate her experience. I'm just here to say this happened to me on some scale, too. When I started each of my "adult" jobs making real money, both of the first two employers normally used direct deposit, but both sent the first paycheck as a paper check. the first bank held it for 8 days, the second, a credit union, for 5. I didn't have crazy ID hoops to jump through, though, and they didn't try to call my companies. At my current job, the first direct deposit was quite hefty because it included moving expenses. That was also held for 5 painful days. For reference, I am a white male with good credit.

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  Ric Gray  |  10

generally when a business (in this case a bank) makes you go through some inconvenient hurdles to get what you want there are three things that you can do. accept it.... they make you deal, and send you on their way. respectfully, and gratefully implore that they try to help you.. if they can, and aren't busy, they might be more inclined to try.. act like a spoiled child, pitch a fit, assume they're singling you out, and make everyone else miserable.... they in turn ruin the rest of your month

By  Fredy Kruger  |  3

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By  thatslifeiguess7  |  11

OMG to be black in America. I get this all the time the checker that sees me and suddenly is closed. Why I only go into the bank is rare for me, I take my white wife! Even then I'm never really spoken too

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  mkcherry  |  14

This has happened to me as well. My white husband has cashed relatively large checks to his account in MY name with absolutely no issue multiple times. I on the other hand have been hauled into bank back office. Even with my ID, my business license and God knows how much other paperwork I had on hand AND confirmation over phone the bank seemed irritated to end up having to cash the check. Didn't keep that account open long. Not sure if it's because I'm young, female or black but it's very interesting my husband has never had an issue ?

By  lexos  |  16

Why do people use such a outdated system as paychecks? Don't they have internet banking? I had my first news paper job as a kid 18 years ago and even than I got it straight into my account

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