Trouble Headed: heat or storm?
They must have been Boy Scouts.
You know, “Always Prepared.”
Just taking precautions and planning ahead.
No harm in that.
The logical explanation bound to be told to the judge, eventually. Maybe.
Simply in a hurry.
So much to do!
No time to wait in line or follow customary practices.
Makes sense, right? You see it?
Honestly. (That’s a good word for here)
There were all those storm track computer models.
Webbed like spaghetti across the Gulf of Mexico.
Even the wisest not able to say: “Danger here. Safety over there.”
And those weather people so excited and intense with maps, wind speed, evacuation routes and that “start planning now.”
Not just a storm building, but building a storm of panic in ordinary viewers.
If the weather guys are frantic, was their behavior so unreasonable?
Memories of Katrina and endless conga lines of cars fleeing Rita.
Who could blame them?
So that’s it.
Storm panic over heated by daytime temperatures of 100 degrees.
People get so hot it creates cloudy thinking.
A storm in the brain! Double trouble!
That’s the reason.
In such a hurry. Not thinking clearly. Only trying to take care of themselves.
Must dash to the bank quickly.
The lines will be long.
Need money for supplies, gas, and cash once the storm knocks out power for money machines.
No choice. Must rush.
Would have been better if they had left the weapons at home.
But bringing a note for the teller was a clever idea.
It’s so easy to forget what you are going to say when in a hurry.
Would have been nicer if they had been patient and waited in line – without the masks.
How did they expect both tellers and customers to respond to that?
The air quality has been poor recently, but masks in a bank?
They just didn’t think…half baked from the heat and worry.
So confused they didn’t notice Debby had picked Florida.
Simply people determined to survive the worst.
Not too shy to be rude.
It pays to be assertive in a crisis…even if you create the crisis.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
Monday was tough going for Houston area banking establishments.
A man rushed in around noon to the Wells Fargo Bank inside the Kroger grocery store on Highway 249. (Northwest Harris County) Passed the note to teller. Money grabbed. And gone.
Within 30 minutes, repeat the scene in a bank on Highway 290 near Cypress-Rosehill (Northwest).
But add a little thrill with 2 carjackings by knife point
during the escape upon leaving.
Guess they must have dropped their car keys somewhere?
In such a big hurry to get home that they asked for a ride a little roughly?
Manners. Manners! Sigh.
Quickly following was another incident with three overly excited men in a Western Union check cashing at Steubner Airline and FM 1960. (Northwest) Shoved people out of the way and stuck guns to people’s heads.
Probably didn’t realize how their actions looked to others.
Yelling and waving guns? So unnecessary.
Just politely ask. Most people are kind and will move aside if you’re in a rush.
(And please don’t be so piggy and leave some cash for those in line behind.)
Oh, don’t forget the Wells Fargo Bank on Voss (Southwest). Invaded by two armed masked men in a take-over style robbery.
Ninety minute frenzy across Houston.
Then, everyone must have realized the storm was going to Florida.
All the frantic activity so unnecessary.
Bet they felt foolish then!
Will they be too embarrassed to show their faces in those banks again?
Really people. Get connected and keep up.
No need to panic. Houston is a long way from the coast and the gulf.
A little rain. A loss of power. Maybe a few days off from work.
Pick up some Oreos, chips, and beer. OK, a little water, too.
Don’t listen to the weather people!
Well, maybe they learned their lesson.
They will probably just put that “storm money” into their hurricane preparation kit.
So if a tropical storm actually comes this way, they won’t have to repeat all the craziness.
The rest of the Houston area would greatly appreciate that!
Sweltering, but not complaining,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
Just the facts:
- VIDEO. “FBI investigating multiple bank robberies” (KTRK/ABC local news)
- VIDEO. “Houston bank robber carjacks two getaway car at knifepoint” (KHOU/CBS local news) car jacking by knifepoint after 290 bank robbery.