Man Withdraws $125,000 From Bank In $20 Bills

Roger Griffiths decided to withdrawal all the money he had in the bank, which was 190,000 New Zealand dollars -- equivalent to $125,000 US dollars -- in $20 bills.

The artist said he watched as the teller carefully counted out his entire withdrawal -- 9,500 20-dollar bills.

Griffiths says he was unfairly denied the mortgage by the bank despite having the required 20 percent down payment and assets that totaled well over half a million dollars. The bank says it rejected Griffith's application because, as an artist, he didn't have a weekly income.


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  • by elvisbanksforfree on Jul 26, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    Wilma--I understood what you were saying. I am in agreement with you. Sail on, and may you keep a good job in this terrible economy. Thank me very much!
  • by Gator Location: NC on Jul 26, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    Two problems with most of these comments, 1st New Zealand is probably like the United States and is a free country(I am just assuming this), so it would be safe to assume that the bank has its own rules or regulations for giving out loans. 2nd: This person can have his money in this bank, that bank, or in cash in his mattress. This is really not a story due to this probably happens all the time. Person asks for loan, doesn't get it, moves to another bank. Also, he may have the worst credit rating in all of New Zealand and the bank doesn't loan to people with bad credit.
  • by Billy on Jul 26, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    To WILMA- If this story is such a "Joke" as you clearly stated in your first comment, Why did you waste your time commenting on it? You were actually the first to post. IF you are teller then you should see the importance in it. Do you feel better by posting and commenting on this story? Nothing wrong with WITN posting this story. It's relevant in todays' troubled times. And even though I'm not an Obama supporter, STOP BLAMING him for This, And what "NEW" banking system are you talking about. As for the story, It's His money, he can do whatever he wants to do with it. Maybe it was just time he switched banks. Have you been with the same bank your entire life?
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Jul 26, 2009 at 03:31 AM
    I am so sick of everyone Blaming Obama for everything..The Banks do stink and a lot of the people that work there think they are so much Better than anyone else.So WILMA Please stop crying.Just look at it this way,If people out there toke their money out of the Bank ,You would not have a job.I will not put the name up here but the Bank I Deal with is the Best in the world.Oh well ,,,,The name of it is MY POCKET.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2009 at 11:40 PM
    Brian, it's called sarcasm. Read it again.
  • by Straight-Jacket Location: Wilma's Closet on Jul 25, 2009 at 11:20 PM
    Wilma, you obviously didn't read this story well enough to comment on it. Mr. Griffith withdrew the money from a New Zealand bank (not sure where Obama figures into that). As a bank teller, you probably make many mistakes with the bank transactions you process. I hope I never get you as a teller.
  • by Wilma on Jul 25, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    Yes I am a Teller. It is not my fault but our NEW banking system that Obama has created!!!!
  • by AnonymousD Location: L*DUB on Jul 25, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    Why is this relevant?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    they were New Zealand $20 bills
  • by CHUCK Location: USA on Jul 25, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    6,250 in us $20.bills =125.000 SO HE GOT HI'S LOAN ANYWAY CAUSE YOUR RIGHT 9,500 US $20.BILLS = $190.000 US $65.000 OVER
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