This Bank of America closed-circuit TV picture interests me because of the wide range of tools used by the teller and the man at the teller's window. It also shows what it looks like from the other side of the window. The Police believe this man has committed several bank heists in northern Virginia.
Witnesses say the man brandished a butcher's knife at each teller's window, demanding money. He fled after none of the bank employees complied. (How often do I get to use 'brandished,' 'fled,' and 'complied' in one of my posts?)
First off, he used a kitchen knife--not a gun, which is the most common hold-up tool. The teller is 'protected' behind a small pane of safety glass. There is an empty penholder stuck to the counter. (Ancestors of the ball point pen date to the 10th century.)
The teller's computer is an inexpensive PC connected as a network device. The application on the screen shows the blue screen interface that IBM developed in the late 1960's. Experts describe this technology, called CICS, as "durable." No friendly (or frustrating) Windows interface, although I would guess the PC does have installed a copy of Windows 2000 and the Microsoft browser. If allowed by the manager, I imagine that bank employees take full advantage of the joys of internet shopping.
There is quite a bit of paper on the counter: receipts, tickets, ledger sheets, etc. We all know that the paperless office is a fantasy.
There is a small key-lock safe bolted to the counter top. Nothing fancy about that, or about the plastic tray for separating coins. Trays like this are as old as money. There is also a plain wired telephone and a portable tape player/radio.
The environment shown in the picture does not fit my mental image of the 21st century financial services industry: high-tech, secure, impersonal, and paperless. Whichever picture you believe is the 'truth,' it shows how influenced we are by corporate communications and marketing campaigns.
On the chance you live in my area and have seen this man, the Police number to call is 1-866-411-8477. From the Fairfax County Police report: "The suspect is described as an Asian man who appears to be 45 to 55 years old. He is approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 160 to 170 pounds. He was wearing a blue jacket, tan pants and light colored sneakers."