Published: Feb 26, 2014 5:27 AM EST

VENICE, Fla. (AP) - The Venice City Council has declined to recommend that banks adopt a "no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses" policy to deter robberies.
The Herald-Tribune ( reports that at least three bank robberies occurred in the Venice area last year in which the culprits concealed their faces - including one robber who wore an Albert Einstein mask.
The city administration and police department suggested the council adopt a resolution, rather than a law, in support of the Florida Bankers Association's recommendation that banks enact the policy.
Some council members expressed concerns that, if enacted as a law, the requirement would have violated the civil rights of those whose religion requires them to wear head garments.
Council members tied on the vote, so the proposal didn't pass.
Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune,

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