Bunhill: Criminal's account

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The Independent Online
Sometimes even the most meticulous preparation and the best references are not enough for one's bankers. A would-be customer entered the Clydesdale Bank in Alloa, Stirlingshire and applied to open an Autocash account so he could use the hole-in-the-wall money dispensers. Naturally the teller serving him asked for some identification. From his pocket he produced a printed sheet bearing the name of the local Sheriff Court. On it, in chronological order, was his list of criminal convictions - including assault, breaking and entering, and theft. He could not understand why his application was turned down on the spot.