Letters to the Editor

Injustice: banks' financial crimes versus prison for robbers

I recently returned from Washington, D.C. On my last day in town, my daughter, her fiance and I leisurely strolled toward Saturday brunch when chaos erupted on a busy Columbia Heights street.

About 15 screaming people ran out of an unobtrusive Wells Fargo bank.

My young, foolish and adenaline-laden soon-to-be son-in-law took off after an apparent bank robber. When he got within 5 feet of the guy, who had a gun, reason trumped and he gave up the chase.

The criminal got away for a short time, but was later caught based upon a description provided by the above noted robber chaser.

The bank was flooded with police, two FBI agents, a security guard, three CSI-looking folks and reporters.

This hapless fellow will no doubt be put away for a long time.

Although the amount of money he stole, which was probably returned to Wells Fargo, was undisclosed, it occurred to me that he must have taken far less (and generated much more excitement) than Wells Fargo and other banks have stolen from their customers.

And no one went to prison. Isn't there something wrong with this picture?

Connie Russell