Wrong hat lawsuit against Bank of America
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA- Wearing a Miami Heat hat into a Bank of America branch to cash a check was a bad move for Rodolfo Valladares.
A teller mistook him for a bank robber who had been reported wearing a similar hat. He had his $100 check and his license handy and the next thing he knew, police swarmed the bank and him within minutes. He claims they roughed him up and kicked him in the head, leaving him permanently injured.
He sued Bank of America and was awarded $3.3 million. But an appeals court overturned the award and his case is now before the Florida Supreme Court.
The appeals court says state law protects people who simply report suspected crimes.