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ATM glitch gives homeless man $37k

07 April 2014  |  5375 views  |  1 ATM user

A malfunctioning ATM erroneously spat out $37,000 for a homeless man who was picked up by police before he could make off with his haul.

The man was sleeping by the ATM in a TD Bank branch in South Portland, Maine in the early hours of Thursday morning when police moved him on, reports WGME-TV.

However, he returned to the scene and at around 05:30 a woman waiting to use the machine called police to report that he was spending a long time at it.

South Portland police say that the man withdrew $140 from his account but then used the "cash advance" feature to ask for another $700. He did this 53 times, with the ATM obliging every request.

Police arrived to find him stuffing the cash into a shopping bag. The money was returned to the bank, which chose not to press charges and blamed the incident on a "code error".

Comments: (1)

A Finextra member
A Finextra member | 07 April, 2014, 11:50

Oh the bank should have at the very least given him a 10% commission for troubleshooting their network, it wouldn’t be any more that they would have paid their software company for fixing the problem.

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