Vibe- Rapper Blac Youngsta was detained by Atlanta police after making a healthy bank transaction at a local Wells Fargo branch. After withdrawing $200,000, Youngsta and about eight other people were placed in handcuffs in the bank’s parking lot on the corner of Peachtree Drive and Piedmont Road. A call was made to police by the bank’s manager, Fox 5 Atlanta reports.
Youngsta spoke to the local news station about the experience, noting that police guns were drawn, his guns were confiscated by authorities, as well as half of the money taken out during the transaction. He said he was told to pick up the other $100,000 at the police headquarters after it was processed as evidence. He was also advised by police to be safe while carrying his wads of cash.
I can't say I know why a bank manager can't tell the difference between a robbery and a withdrawal, nor do I endorse law enforcement handcuffing a man for claiming physical ownership of his finances. I can say that despite their intentions, they probably did Blac Youngsta (TERRIBLE rap name) a favor. When you're a young black rapper walking around the streets of Atlanta with $200,000 in cash on your person, the best thing that can possibly happen to you is to get detained under false pretenses. If I were to venture to guess, he probably doesn't want to hear what the other options are.
Come on man. I know that modern day hip hop is all about frivolous displays of wealth, but isn't this taking that concept a little far? Maybe keep a few hundred on you for street cred, and put the rest on a debit card. Is plastic not gangsta enough of these days? Jesus, the only time I have more than $200 on me is when I know I am going to immediately spend it (hello roulette table). If I pulled a $100 bill out of my wallet in a suburban Starbucks I would look around twice before placing it on the counter. Never mind six figures in the middle of a...well..."diverse" city. My man is just begging to get ransacked. If he's going to be this careless why not just stuff it under his mattress and avoid banks altogether like every other rapper claims they do in their music? He clearly isn't keeping his, or his money's, best interest in mind. Anyone that takes out that much cash at once probably thinks of the bank as more of an inconvenience than an amenity anyway. He may not have robbed this bank, but he robbed himself of his own time if he's going to stuff his pockets with more bills than an ATM machine. That doesn't mean he should be thrown to the ground and humiliated in public, but it's better than being thrown to the ground by someone that IS looking to commit thievery.
P.S. Call it a hunch, but I don't think he learned his lesson...