The Seattle police are probably right. If you're the victim of a crime, it's probably better to just do what the perpetrator tells you to do, rather than getting yourself all shot trying to be a hero.
And the Key Bank is probably right that bank tellers should just hand over the money when a would-be robber walks in and demands it. No telling who might get hurt by putting up a fight.
Still, it's hard not to feel bad for Jim Nicholson, a bank teller who'd had just about enough last Tuesday. As the Seattle Times tells it:
Instead, Nicholson threw the bag to the floor, lunged toward the robber and demanded to see a weapon. Surprised, the would-be bank robber backed up and then bolted for the door, with Nicholson on his heels.
Nicholson, 30, chased the man for several blocks before knocking him to the ground with the help of a passer-by. Nicholson then held him until police arrived.
For his trouble, Nicholson got fired.
And if Nicholson had been shot, or caused others to be shot, for confronting the robber, the press would be talking about what an idiot he was.