November 12, 1946

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1946 the first drive-up banking facility opened at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, Illinois. This idea proved so popular, that many other businesses quickly capitalized on the idea. One industry where this business model proved to be ineffective and counterproductive was the brothel industry. Charity Mae Allcott, of Chicago opened her first drive-up brothel December 11, 1946 and closed it for good on December 14, 1946, due to the 13 mile long line of cars that stopped traffic for three days on the Eastside. Ms. Allcott officially abandoned the idea within 2 hours of starting it on December 11, but since she believed in exceptional customer service, promised to serve all her customers who were in line as of midnight on December 11. She did have to send some of her hired muscle to prevent previous customers from getting back in line. On a side note, December 11 to December 14 became known in Chicago folk-lore history as the “Can you believe my husband, ‘insert name here” got lost for “choose – one, two, or three” days on his way to the store for milk and eggs?” Lost Weekend.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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