Courageous Teller Asks Bank Robber for Two Forms of ID

Bank Robber A Dallas Wells Fargo bank teller risked her life and thousands of dollars on a bet that a robber at her window would be stupid enough to comply with her request that he show two forms of identification.

But sure enough, her bet paid off! The robber, 49-year-old Nathan Wayne Pugh of Sachse, Texas, actually took the time to search through his pockets and wallet to produce the IDs -- which turned out to be his Wells Fargo debit card and a state ID card. Then the teller stalled even more by very slowly copying the information.

Thanks to her efforts, authorities had ample time to arrive on the scene.

Pugh was apprehended when he tried to flee the bank with $800. He was later found guilty of bank robbery and sentenced to an eight year prison term. He was already on parole for two other aggravated robberies.

There's no word on whether or not the teller was rewarded for her savvy risk. Regardless, she gets bragging rights and a great story to tell her kids.

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All I can say is I hope he doesn't/hasn't reproduced.

July 11 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love stupid people!!! You just can't make that stuff up!

April 14 2011 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deb S

hmmm...sounds like this bank robber's a Darwin award nominee. o_O

April 14 2011 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She should be fired. She put her life and others at risk for money that is A) insured and B) not hers.

April 13 2011 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to IKnowMoreThanYou's comment

What is wrong with you people??? She used her brain and prevailed in a bad situation. I am so sick of people who want to make rules for the whole world to live by thinking you can guarentee an outcome.
She should be commended and you need to go back to kindegarten.

April 13 2011 at 12:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

LOL @ hinstinct1! I think you might have just proved non111's point.

Please read up on this:

And the teller's "quick decision making" risked lives over money. Yes, it worked out, but the teller but their own and likely other lives at risk. Thankfully for the teller, the robber was a complete moron, otherwise the teller and/or others might well be dead now.

April 09 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To non111, obviously you were a sped student yourself, since you are blaming the public schools and "think" he was disabled. So let me get this straight.....if someone comes in to rob you and your life along with many others are at risk, you're going to ask the robber to take an IQ test? Or maybe you should ask him if he's on any meds? These are split second decisions. This is the dumbest post I've seen yet. Oh, and nice one with the liberals. Way to go teller!! Your quick decision making and wit may have saved lives!!

April 08 2011 at 1:34 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

How insensitive to take advantage of such a disadvantaged individual. I belive that there can be no doubt that this thief is mentally disabled. I am sure that he was not served well by the public schools, and probably was allowed to progress to the 9th or 10th grade even though any competent teacher would know that he was not able to compete in society.

I believe that he should sue the bank, and the teller for discrimination under the Disabilities Act, as only a disabled person would fall for such a callous and cruel ploy of asking for identification from a bank robber.

The sad thing is that my above arguement does not sound so different from what is being argued by many progressive liberals on a variety of fronts.

April 06 2011 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She WAS taking a risk, ( see ccbemmer), and she and her co-workers (and any patrons) were lucky. But she probably acted the opposite of her training. Terminating her would put her on unemployment and finding another job could be impossible. Maybe they should tactfully encourage her to look elsewhere and give her time to do it. The inconvenience of the job search and changing employers might make her think twice the next time.

April 03 2011 at 6:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to Ken's comment
Hi Gretchen!

That's TOO funny! Good for the teller!

April 03 2011 at 5:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bobby Cutler

she is a very brave girl. this is not walmart..she should get a metal.. mabey the guy was going to buy crack with the money and shoot your family. you who think she should have been fired probably never did a heroic thing in your lives....just saying

April 02 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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