Angry Coach Driver Blocks Off NatWest Bank Entrance In 'Peaceful Protest'
An angry coach driver found a novel way of taking matters into his own hands after NatWest bank 'wrongfully' closed down his business account.
55-year-old Mumtaz Rasool tried on a few occasions to get the bank to talk to him about why his account was closed, but after getting nowhere he took the decision to park his coach across the front entrance of the bank's Crawley branch.
This might seem a little bit extreme, but we've all been in a situation where we are so frustrated that we have no idea how we can make our voices heard. Luckily, not that many of us own buses, but Rasool does, and he knows how to use it, too.
His 'peaceful protest' was quickly stopped by the police, but they could only charge Rasool with parking his coach on a pavement as he had committed no other offence.
Rasool told Metro.co.uk: "How can I spend five days ringing so many people, yet no one has an answer for me?"
Rasool, who is the Managing Director of United Coaches and Minibuses, said that the bank troubles meant that he was unable to pay employees and bills. He also said that the bank's manager had given him only 'a leaflet' after he waited for 45 minutes.
Eventually his frustration reached a peak and his took the drastic action.
He continued: "I'm supposed to run a business and bills are not being paid, money is bouncing back. So I decided to take the coach down and block the bank's entrance.
"Why should they be able to trade when I can't?
"Nobody wants to talk to you and you have no clue who to speak with, it's absolutely ludicrous."
He hopes that his efforts to force a resolution to the problem will attract the attention of other people who are stuck in similar situations. By doing this he hopes that the bank will react.
He concluded: "I have no regrets. I didn't do it to frighten people or cause any concern. It was just a peaceful protest."
Following the incident, a NatWest spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: "We can confirm an incident took place this afternoon outside the NatWest Crawley branch.
"Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident and the branch has since reopened. Police attended the scene and we are cooperating with them in their investigation.
"If customers have any concerns they can contact us via telephone banking or they can visit the branch."
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