Kathy Jackson has an excellent post up with some realistic tips for staying alert in real life. Because really, no one wants to be that guy. And really, go read it.
I wanted to relate a story and give you one little piece of knowledge. When I got off work today, we ran by the bank to make a deposit. It is unseasonably warm in our part of the world and so we had the windows down. We generally shut off the engine when sitting in the bank drive-thru since our little car is LOUD.
So there we were minding our own business. We’d already sent our little cylinder to the teller inside and were chatting about things. I happened to hear the man in the next lane speaking to the teller. He was sending his cylinder back because he wanted his cash “in hundreds.”
(insert record scratch sounds here)
Do. Not. Do. This.
He has no idea who I am. I now know that he has at least $200 cash on him. He is alone. I have a description of his vehicle. I would have is tag number if I so desired. I could take his picture. I know what he is wearing. I am in a car. He would think nothing of it if I pulled in behind him immediately. He is not likely to notice if I follow him for miles.
I drive a black Sentra. Were it not remarkably loud, you wouldn’t notice it because there’s about a billion of them on the road. And it makes perfect sense for the person in line beside you to wind up behind you. I’m background noise.
What if that person in the next lane isn’t me? What if they hear you ask for that cash back/withdrawal in hundreds? How far will the bad guy follow you for at least $200?
Getting cash in the drive-thru is not a terrible idea. You are in your car already and can go where you want. You will not need to make the walk to a parking lot and it can be relatively private. You can do this in such a way that no one else knows.
Did you know I was a bank teller once? Worked a drive-thru even.
All that empty space on the withdrawal slip? You can write there. It’s okay. Perfectly normal and acceptable for you to tell the friendly bank teller how you’d like your cash back by writing in that space. You get the cash you need in the manner you request, and the person in the next lane doesn’t know whether you made a deposit or a withdrawal. Easy as that.
Slipping notes to bank tellers is not always a bad thing.