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Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 02/ 5/2010

First the supermarkets, now the banks

By Washington Post editors

We know the stock market had a bad day Thursday, but the lines for the ATM at a Bank of America branch in Hyattsville Friday morning were a little disconcerting. More than a dozen people were waiting to use the machine and inside more than two dozen people waited inside for various transactions about 9:30 a.m. in advance of snowmageddon.

Then the lines continued to grow.

Residents line up at a Hyattsville bank in advance of snow. (Hamil R. Harris/Post)

"People are worried about us not being open," said assistant branch manager Allison Cheney. She said the morning crowd was more like an afternoon rush crowd.

The scene is reminiscent of what's been happening at area supermarkets and home improvement stores as people rush to buy food and snow supplies.

"It is like people collect their harvest and bunker down before the snow," said Nathan Grey, 43, of Hyattsville. "I am just taking care of bills before the snow hits."

By Washington Post editors  | February 5, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
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