Large withdrawals

by DannyUK

A customer came into the bank yesterday and sat down in front of me. Forty pounds had been withdrawn from his account and he was far from happy.

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His forehead was crinkled with years of worry lines, and as he flipped his card over in his hands, I could see the scars that seemed the result of years of manual work and no doubt a few fistfights thrown in.

His voice was deep, with an East End twang. “I haven’t taken more than £30 out of a bank since 1974,” he told me slowly and deliberately, raising his head so his eyes met mine, “and I served ten years for that.”

I gulped audibly.

“Which bank?” I asked, more to break the awkward silence than anything else.

“Barclays.” he replied, still staring at me.

I paused for a second. “Oh.” My eyes had darted away in the couple of seconds that had passed, but I brought my head up and met his gaze as I responded. “In that case, I’ll let you off.”

As the words sunk in, a smile spread across his face and he nodded. We were fine after that.

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