Last week I finally had it with Compass Bank and decided to change to Chase. So on Saturday morning I went to the local branch and spent two hours creating accounts and filling out paperwork.
When I walked into the bank a young man – God I sound old – greeted me and sent me to talk to a banker about opening new accounts.
At one point I was asked for two forms of picture ID, so I naturally pulled out my Driver’s License and my Texas Concealed Handgun License. Two forms of government issued ID.
But alas, my new banker told me they can’t take a CHL as a form of ID. A credit card would be fine. WTF? She said when they get audited by the main office that isn’t one of the things on the list.
I was carrying. I had on jeans and a long shirt. My Springfield XD in a inside the waistband holster.
My wife wasn’t around on Saturday morning to sign paperwork, so we had to go in on Monday morning and handle it. When we did we got an interesting story from our new banker. She said the young man who greeted me at some point realized I was wearing a gun. I don’t know if I flashed while stretching or moving around, or if I printed while sitting down, but some how he saw it.
Well it freaked him out and he went and found the manager and said “There’s a guy here with a gun!”
The manager said to calm down, but they did let the banker know later that I was carrying. She said she knew because I’d tried to use my CHL.
I know I screwed up letting them see it, but here are a couple of thoughts I had.
First, I always assumed if someone saw it, they would assume I was a cop. Guess not.
Second, this is Texas, a gun shouldn’t freak you out. Remember that scene in Miss Congeniality where Sandra Bullock sees someone with a gun in San Antonio and jumps them from the stage? Her beauty pageant coach says, “This is Texas. My florist carries a gun”.
Third, even before there we shall issue CHLs, on way show need for a license was if you had to carry large amounts of money to the bank. So banks should have the most experience with people with guns. But I can understand they also have a big fear of being robbed. I’m pretty sure that was why the guy was standing there to start with. Someone told me it was a security measure they instituted to catch people acting strange before they get to a teller.
Reading a recent post about Open Carry by Hsoi made me remember and decide to post this story.