THE Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri is locked inside a bank after staff refused to return his credit card.
Police have been called to remove him from the Nat-West branch at Crown Street, Hebden Bridge.
He tried to use the bank’s ATM machine but due to a malfunction it kept his card.
Councillor Fekri spent two hours trying to get his card returned from staff without success and refused to budge when staff shut the doors around 4.30 pm.
He told the Courier - from inside the bank - he put his card into the ATM.
“Unfortunately, a slip of paper (a receipt) went with it and the machine jammed,” he said.
“I went inside the bank and staff opened the machine and gave me the paper back but would not give me my card back.”
Staff told him it was policy to retain the card and for him to ring a helpline if he wasn’t happy.
He did, and was told the card could be returned at the branch’s discretion.
But, staff said there was no branch manager on the premises and still refused to budge and sent an email to managers and left the mayor waiting without an answer - and his card.
“They asked me to leave and I said `no’ as I was told different tales and the branch could have used discretion,” said Coun Fekri.
“I have ID. I’m off to Aachen at 4 am in the morning to represent Calderdale and the bank is holding my card and money hostage.
“It is ludicrous.”
Bank staff continued working behind the counter leaving the mayor in the foyer and the branch door locked.
More in tomorrow’s Courier.