Origins: A well-loved urban legend has it that a shabbily-dressed man mistreated by an uppity clerk returns the next day to buy out the establishment for the sheer pleasure of firing the ill-mannered service person. It's a tale that strikes a chord in all of
As far as we know, this
Next time the sales clerk looks down his nose at you, tell him about John Barrier and the Washington State bank that refused to validate his parking.
John Barrier had done business with Old National Bank (now U.S. Bank) in Spokane, Washington, for
As a news story of the time read:
"He looked me up and down and stood back and gave me one of those kinds of looks," said Barrier, turning up his nose to imitate the manager.
"I said, 'Fine, you don't need me and I don't need you."'
Barrier withdrew all his money and took it down the street to Seafirst Bank.
"The first check he brought me was for
Barbara "no Barrier to common courtesy" Mikkelson
Last updated: 12 June 2013
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