St. Louis Public Radio News
9:42 am
Tue May 20, 2003

Banks & Credit Unions Ask Customers to Remove Hats

St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri banks and credit unions are resurrecting a somewhat forgotten social custom. To improve security they are asking customers to remove hats, as well as hoods and sunglasses when visiting financial institutions.

The new dress code went into effect Tuesday but is completely voluntary.

Meridian Credit Union president Charles Waalkes says early tests of the program have had positive results.

"In Springfield, Mo. before implementing this program, there were 14 bank robberies in the 12 month period," Waalkes said. "After implementing it, in six months there were three. So, it does have an impact."

Missouri is the second state to adopt the dress code. Law enforcement agencies support the proposal.