A black man in Ohio has cops called on him after trying to cash his check.
Paul McCowns who got a new job at an electric company, went to try and cash his check from the new company on December 1st.
He went to Huntington Bank in the Cleveland suburb of Brooklyn.
The paycheck was just above $1000, and the tellers confirmed he showed two forms of identification, and they took his fingerprints, something they say is required for non-Huntington customers.
McCowns says multiple employees started looking at the computer screen, and in the end refused to cash his check because they couldn’t believe his paycheck, and found it suspiciously high. They said they wouldn’t cash his check until they spoke to his employer.
“They tried to call my employer numerous times. He never picked up the phone.”
McCowns left the bank since they wouldn’t cash his check. But the employees didn’t stop there.
According to police records, the employees called the police and a teller told the dispatcher,
He’s trying to cash a check and the check is fraudulent. It does not match our records,
The bank employees admitted they didn’t tell McCowns they were calling the cops. He didn’t know the cops were coming and he was surprised when they stopped him when he was walking outside.
The police came, placed McCowns in handcufffs and put him in the back of a police cruiser. The police then called his employer themselves, and he picked up.
His employer confirmed that McCowns has been working there for 3 weeks, and his check is legitimate.
McCowns told the news,
My employer said, “Yes, he works for me, he just started and, yes, my payroll company does pay him that much”
A bank representative confirmed McCowns’ employment to WOIO TV News Station, and said that he cashed his check the following at another Huntington location.
The bank released a statement saying
“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. Anyone who walks into a Huntington branch should feel welcomed. Regrettably, that did not occur in this instance and we are very sorry.”