According to the SFPD, the Far East National Bank at 500 Montgomery was robbed yesterday afternoon, when a man (described by SFPD as a white male) “entered the bank and demanded money” from a teller. The teller complied and the robber fled south down Montgomery.

Every time I read these accounts, I wonder, is it really that easy to rob a bank? It always seems so simple — you ask for money, they give it to you, you run away, and suddenly your online newspaper is finally paying its contributors what they’re worth.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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