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(BBC)   Former teller sues bank over agoraphobia; court held in women's house   ( divider line
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2003-03-10 01:08:44 PM  
A little chlorine in that end of the gene pool please.
2003-03-10 01:40:59 PM  
Maybe I'm foolish, but doesn't this sound like much more than reasonable accomodation for a "disability"?

...claiming she developed agoraphobia, a fear of open or public spaces, after the incident.
Besides which, how is the bank responsible for being held up? I acknowledge that the bank should have provided some sort of counseling...does her insurance allow for this?
2003-03-10 03:32:44 PM  
I've got farkaphobia, everything tastes like chicken, can't stop wiping my hands on pants

/calling lawyer
2003-03-10 07:10:37 PM  
I have agoraphobia after watching my farking Windows 2K server crash for the billionth time. Can I sue Microsoft?
2003-03-10 07:13:13 PM  
Somebody needs to smack that biatch up. Word.
2003-03-10 07:14:17 PM  
Yeesh. What a wimp. Regardless, she SHOULD be getting counseling. But not 1 million dollars.
2003-03-10 07:14:45 PM  
Luposlipaphobia - The fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor.

She's much goofier than anyone Gary Larson could think of.
2003-03-10 07:14:45 PM  
lotsa people suffer from algoreaphobia...
2003-03-10 07:18:25 PM  
She says she was so terrified she locked herself in another room but remained "convinced she would die" - nonetheless she was given no counselling and was expected to return to work the next day.

I'd sue them because they expected her, callously, to turn up for work the next day, but the diff is, I would sue for counseling (and then turn up for work).

But a million dollars? Ok, she has a point, but that doesn't give someone license to go apeshiat, unless you are in the US and slide on dog poo at Petsmart damnit.
2003-03-10 07:19:47 PM  
I'll admit (I work at a bank, no I really don't like it, no I'm not a teller), being held up at a bank is scary. You really don't know what this freaky drug-head who's sweating while he's holding a gun, is going to do.

The bank always offers counceling to whomever needs it. I can't see someone being afraid of "the outside world" from this though. Just don't get another bank job.
2003-03-10 07:25:47 PM  
Ha! I'm gonna' look up her address and send her a plain brown package.
2003-03-10 07:31:08 PM  
I'll admit (I work at a bank, no I really don't like it, no I'm not a teller), being held up at a bank is scary. You really don't know what this freaky drug-head who's sweating while he's holding a gun, is going to do.

I'm usually thinking put the money in the bag, and I'll leave.
2003-03-10 07:35:11 PM  
I'd sue the robber for all he's worth!

2003-03-10 07:38:15 PM  

As opposed to working as a poxy bank teller for the rest of her life.

Poxy...I've never heard that word used in that way before. Just curious where are you from. Because thats actually kinda cool.
2003-03-10 07:38:18 PM  
Angorafobia? Fear of fluffy bunnies?
2003-03-10 07:40:31 PM  
Maybe I can sue my work for this, seeing how they keep telling me I have 45 years left until I can retire.....
2003-03-10 07:40:51 PM  
Anti_Freak_Machine LOL. Yes, very true. It's happened twice while the teller was getting her money for him that he started pacing around and pointing his gun at other tellers to give them all their money too.

Actually, you never know when it's going to be a full take-over either. You just never really know WHAT they're planning on doing, even after they have the $$ and are able to leave.

Christ, it's not my $$...if he sticks around and if it'll help, i'll friggin give him a loan even!
2003-03-10 07:47:19 PM  
If all of this woman's (or women's, based on the headline) coworkers managed to avoid serious, long-term harm because of this, something tells me that the situation itself isn't the problem.
2003-03-10 07:48:48 PM  
What this woman needs is a nice firm pimp slap. "yo biatch, what the fark is da matter wit you?"
2003-03-10 07:49:03 PM  
I am teller at a Credit Union and I am FULLY aware of the risks. Farkin baby.
2003-03-10 08:09:06 PM  
03-10-03 01:40:59 PM Stevarooni
Besides which, how is the bank responsible for being held up?

Those assholes! Having money in their vaults, they were just asking for it. They probably have signs in their windows that advertise their low interest rates and IRA's and whatever. What a bunch of teases. It's like they were begging to get robbed.
2003-03-10 08:19:51 PM  
I like the fact that she claims to have agoraphobia and yet still drives.

I could see someone getting post trauma stuff after a bank holdup, but agoraphobia? What is she, diagnosed?
2003-03-10 08:26:02 PM  
Gee, a bank getting robbed? Who would've thunk it? You cook, you might get burned or cut. You're a cop, you might get shot. You're a bank teller, you might get robbed. Stupid lawsuits are definately NOT the U.S.'s best export.
That would be the McNugget.
2003-03-10 08:27:59 PM  
agorophobia is kind of hard to prove, a lot of people think it's a lie offhand.

Unless you're an extreme case that has a tumor bigger than you because going to the doctor scares you too much, or you've tried to kill yourself without thinking just because you were in a crowd.
2003-03-10 08:46:07 PM  
Okaaaaaaaay . . .
2003-03-10 08:50:43 PM  
This would be a surefire case if held in the US...negligence is a dirty mistress. Then again, if it was a US case, she'd be suing for 10 times as much.
2003-03-10 09:08:52 PM  
another reason why you shouldn't have hired a psychotic or people with psychological disease. it's just too damn expensive in lawyers and court fees.
2003-03-10 09:21:34 PM  
Thanks chief. Here's a Canadian slang for you (actually Newfie...don't ask) When referring to someone to someone else you don't need to know his name. Just say, "Eh buddy over there says youse got some beer."
2003-03-10 10:36:46 PM  
I have lived with an agorophobic for more than 20 years. They have panic attacks and begin to avoid the situations where they had the attacks. Some people eventually become home bound, even confining themselves to a single room in their home. They have to be brought out slowly. But the best way is to put them into the situation they fear most without giving them time to anticipate and talk themselves out of going. Little by little, they can be brought out. But they never really "recover". They just learn to cope. Make no mistake, the problem is real.
2003-03-10 11:55:10 PM  
I've got agoraphobia too... I rarely ever leave the house since most anything can be accomplished over the internet. For years I tried coping, as ISG said, but every time I got home from routine outtings, the tension was tangeable in my neck, chest, and shoulders. It can be quite physically sickening if one is having a particularly bad day. I used to have them a lot... These days the tension isn't so bad, but I still greatly prefer just to stay at home unless I can construct a concise plan on going somewhere to do something in the shortest time possible and in the most direct manner. Waiting in lines, standing in crowds, or being outside where I can be seen sends my anxiety level through the roof after a few minutes (as my adrenaline builds up in response to a mistakenly perceived threat).

I even get nervous and distinctly uncomfortable taking out the trash or mowing the lawn. It really sucks because even when you're cognizent of an attack, it still feels like you're out of control and on the point of spazzing out in front of the next person who walks by so communication becomes labored and pointed. It really ruins one's self-esteem.
2003-03-11 07:25:51 AM  
Sorry to hear that Mcflizzy. Have you tried Xanax and the like?
2003-03-11 09:37:28 AM  
McFlizzy--that sucks. I had a spell of something similar after a brief stint in a mental facility. But that wasn't what I got taken in for, so go figure. In my case, I was just terrified by the thought of doing anything, particularly talking to people. I felt profoundly that I had nothing to say, and that I never would again, and I would do anything possible to avoid people. I spent a lot of time watching Cheers and (God help me) Voyager. Don't know if what I went through was anything similar to your experiences, but from what you've said, I can imagine that it sucks a whole, whole lot. I would give you advice, but I'm sure you've heard it all before. All my best to you.
2003-03-11 01:29:43 PM  
McFlizzy: I'm agoraphobic too, coming up on 13 years since it started. You describe it much better than I can. I'm going through a fairly OK patch right now, I manage to get out and about a bit by myself and I can drive if I have someone beside me.

I know my problem is that I don't trust myself to cope with panic attacks, it's just about building confidence.

Email me if you want to talk. My addy is in my profile.
2003-03-11 05:38:45 PM  
This wouldn't happen in Scotland, birth place of my mum and dad!!
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