ST. GEORGE – An Ivins man says he received a counterfeit $100 bill from Chase Bank.
Kipp Hagaman has camped out since Tuesday on the street corner in front of Chase Bank, 95 E. Tabernacle St. His large cardboard sign read:“Chase Bank Passed Me A Counterfeit $100 Bill!!”
According to Hagaman’s transaction receipt from Chase Bank, on March 15 at 3:53 p.m., he withdrew $2,000 from an account at Chase Bank on 95 E. Tabernacle St.
Hagaman said he received his $2,000 from Chase Bank as twenty $100 bills. He said that when he entered the bank he only had $3 on his person.
“I know that I had no other $100 bill,” Hagaman said. “I came here because I had bills to pay.”
After receiving his money at Chase Bank, Hagaman said he went directly to Check City, 490 W. St. George Blvd. According to his Check City receipt, he paid them $1,000 cash for a bill at 3:59 p.m. According to a second receipt from Check City, he then sent a six-page fax at 4:12 pm and paid $3 cash.
Hagaman said that he left Check City at about 4:13 p.m. and then went to America First Credit Union, 1564 W. Sunset Blvd. He said he attempted to pay another bill with the ten remaining $100 bills he received at Chase Bank.
Hagaman said that the teller at America First Credit Union thought one of the $100 bills was peculiar. Hagaman said that the teller spoke with the assistant branch manager and that they told Hagaman that one of his $100 bills was counterfeit. Hagaman said they asked him where he received the bill and he said Chase Bank.
America First Credit Union confiscated the counterfeit $100 and gave Hagaman a photocopy of the front and back of the counterfeit bill. The assistant branch manager also gave Hagaman a letter that stated Hagaman had brought in a counterfeit $100 bill.
Hagaman said the America First Credit Union assistant branch manager told him to take the photocopy of the counterfeit bill, the letter, and his withdrawal receipt from Chase Bank back to Chase Bank and tell them what happened.
Hagaman said the assistant manager said Chase Bank would probably “make it right.”
Hagaman said he went back to Chase Bank and spoke with branch manager Bev Jacobson.
“She said she was sorry,” Hagaman said. “She was very sympathetic but said it’s Chase’s policy that once you leave the building, it’s on you and you should check your money.”
Hagaman said he went back to Chase Bank again Wednesday morning at about 9:30 a.m. to try to resolve the matter.
“I came here in good faith trusting that I’d get money and not a piece of paper that’s worthless,” Hagaman said.
Hagaman said that the people at Chase Bank were still not willing to help him Wednesday morning.
After speaking with them, Hagaman sat in front of Chase Bank in a lawn chair on the sidewalk of the corner of Tabernacle Street and 100 East. He held a small sign and told people entering the building what happened to him.
Hagaman said that at about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, after he spoke to the first Chase Bank customer, an assistant manager of Chase Bank came outside. Hagaman said the assistant told Hagaman that bank officials would have him arrested if he did not leave. She also said that a Chase Bank regional authority said that Hagaman should be physically removed from the property.
Hagaman said he was sitting on the sidewalk of the street corner, not on Chase Bank property.
“I gave (the assistant manager) a brief tutorial about the definition of public property and how the First Amendment works,” Hagaman said. “And I sat back down.”
Hagaman said he sat in front of Chase Bank until Chase Bank closed Wednesday. He was in his lawn chair on the street corner Thursday morning when the bank opened. This time he had a much larger sign.
Hagaman said that the police did not speak with him until Thursday, when he called them himself. He asked them to make sure he was not in violation of any laws while sitting on the street corner with his larger sign. He also filed a police report about receiving the counterfeit $100 bill.
Hagaman missed work while he sat outside Chase Bank.
“I’m going to stay here until I get $100,” Hagaman said. “I left (the branch manager) a voice mail yesterday telling her my price is going to go up. I’m losing wages – I’m not unemployed.”
He added, “I would prefer to be working but I’m done being bullied.”
Hagaman said that a manager of a local U.S. Bank stopped and invited him to open an account there. The U.S. Bank manager also offered to buy Hagaman lunch.
Hagaman’s mechanic brought him breakfast this morning.
“Public support has been off the charts,” Hagaman said.
Jennifer Jackson, owner of Planet Beach Contempo Spa (2376 E. Red Cliffs Drive, Suite 304, St. George) stopped to encourage Hagaman.
“It’s awesome that he’s on the corner in front of the bank,” Jackson said. “Sometimes when people get bad service, they don’t speak up.”
She added, “If people don’t speak up, nothing changes.”
Heather Hagaman, wife of Kipp Hagaman, had a request for the public.
“We are requesting people call the bank and tell them they think this is wrong…call and support the little guy. A bank can absorb $100 better than a normal person can.”
Heather Hagaman continued, “This isn’t the first battle we’ve had with (Chase Bank) but this is the worst and most unfair. This is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
She added, “If it’s not us, it’s going to be someone else.”
Hillary Bone, a teller at the Chase Bank location, told St. George News that Chase Bank had no comment. She referred St. George News to a Media Relations Officer with Chase Bank’s corporate office. The media relations officer did not return St. George News’s phone call.
As this story went to print, Chase Bank gave Kipp Hagaman a deposit receipt showing that $100 had been deposited into his account. Hagaman packed up his sign and lawn chair and went home.
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