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06 November, 2008
RBS ATM dishes out 'free' cash
Residents of the English market town of Chorley flocked to a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) ATM last week after word spread that the unit was dispensing double the amount of cash requested.
Nice idea, but I am sure all those that received double will get a letter informing them that 'an error was detected, and your account was not correctly debited, so we have corrected it for you'. If you want to take it up with the bank and face a dishonesty
charge - feel free.
I am assuming of cause that the ATM was correctly noting what it was paying out to people, even if it was double what they requested.
It then become no different to when a cheque is incorrectly applied to your account, and picked up later - its gets removed again. Or worse, when funds from a cheque bounce after you have spent it.