Did Meth Money in Modesto Cause Sick Tellers, Bank Evacuation?
Last Friday afternoon, a customer of a Chase Bank in Modesto, California walked into the bank with a "large amount of money" wrapped in a paper towel, asking a teller to have it deposited into his bank account.
Yes, wrapped in a paper towel. Meaning that the customer essentially was indicating to anyone paying attention, that he had something of a lack of desire to let the cash touch his own skin.
Now I'm sure there have been a number of trainings at banks since the anthrax scare a decade ago. Given that a branch of J. P. Morgan Chase and its headquarters itself were sent into full alert after a fake packet of powder was sent to them just five short months ago, wouldn't most Chase tellers be on the alert for the kind of behavior exhibited in Modesto?
Not only did the teller take the money and handle it, the cash was deposited and the customer left the bank without nary a question asked. No harm, no foul, right?
Not long after the customer left, however, six of the bank's tellers began to have a hard time breathing. Three tellers broke out in hive-like blisters on their skin, and the bank wound up having to be evacuated.
Hazmat teams were called in, sealing off the bank and putting up makeshift showers in the bank's parking lot. With a growing crowd of onlookers, most of the bank staff had to undress behind tarps, to be sprayed down and decontaminated.
Most employees stated feeling better after the spray-down, and the bank was released to the manager at 9 p.m. Friday, to be further decontaminated by the company.
Were the tellers exposed to cash from a Meth lab operation?Continued on the next page