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Bank Standoff Ends in SWAT Assault
Posted by: Dale Franks on Saturday, November 29, 2008

A New Jersey police SWAT team was forced to assault a PNC Bank branch in Montgomery Township, after a tense stand-off in which the suspect refused to respond to all offers to negotiate.
Some 30 officers surrounded a PNC Bank branch in Montgomery Township after alarms at the branch went off at 8:40 p.m.

Officers looked through a window and reported seeing a person crouching inside.

The cops proceeded to evacuate a nearby housing complex, stop traffic on an adjourning highway and try to negotiate with the cardboard crook through a bullhorn.

At about 10 p.m. a SWAT team stormed inside - only to emerge red-faced after they realized the "crook" they were trying to nab was made of cardboard.
Apparently, the cardboard cutout figure was supposed to be there.
The cutout - for an advertising promotion - was gone yesterday afternoon. The bank refused to comment on the incident.
This kind of reminds me of a similarly odd promotion campaign that US Bank put on here last year.

They had the bank branches decorated with playing cards, casino chips, and what not. I always used to think, when I went by there, that if I was running a bank, trusted with safeguarding my customers' money, the last thing I'd want to do is have the bank's image associated with gambling.

Sometimes, when you let the marketing people go, they get a little too cute.
 
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