India Opens Bank With No Locks

Countdown to robbery begins ... now
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2011 2:15 PM CST
This is a stock image, not an image of the actual bank; you can tell because the boxes have locks on them.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An Indian bank has opened a lockless branch in the small village of Shani Shinganapur, trusting residents’ fear of their deity—Lord Shani—to prevent robberies, the Times of India reports. “We took note of the general belief and faith of the people,” says one bank official. “Ever since the most revered temple came into existence several years ago, the village has not witnessed a single crime. In fact all houses in the entire village have no doors.”

The bank won’t be quite that open. “Our branch has doors, but they will never be locked,” says one local legislator, who explained that "people here fear that if there is a theft or robbery, then the culprit and their family have to bear the wrath of Lord Shani." Still, he added that “adequate precautions are being taken for the safety of lockers and important documents.” Police, on the other hand, aren’t happy, noting that the bank rather flagrantly flouts security regulations.

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