Chase Bank blocked a San Francisco man’s online payment because his dog had a terrorist-sounding name.
55-year-old Bruce Francis was transferring $374 from his account to his dogwalker’s and wrote his dog’s name “Dash” in the memo line, just like he had always done. However, this time the bank flagged the transaction to the U.S. Treasury Department as “suspicious,” because they thought the pitbull’s moniker resembled the name of a terrorist organization, Daesh — another name for ISIS.
Francis, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and relies on his 9-year-old pitbull mix, was quick to respond to the feds' probing and resolved the misunderstanding. After learning “Dash” was a dog’s name, the payment was soon processed.
“The idea that my dog is a terrorist is pretty funny,” said Francis. “Seriously, the only thing Dash could terrorize is a roast chicken.”
Although he found the incident amusing, Francis defends the action of the bank and says he understands why it was necessary to flag and review each such case.
“I think anything we can do to stop the terrorists and the funding of terrorists, let’s do it,” Francis said. “And if it means an inconvenience to me and my dog walker then that’s a price I’m totally willing to pay.”
This isn’t the only case of mistaken identity in the war on terror that has made news.
Late last year, an Australian women who tried to buy a jar of Nutella and personalize it with her 5-year-old niece’s name, Isis, was denied because of the name’s likeness to ISIS.
In the same month, another woman by the name of Isis Anchalee complained that her Facebook account had been suspended and she had to send a copy of her passport to the social media company to prove her identity.