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    StrayCat
    StrayCat e2 Member 1014851 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Apr 2014 - 4:17 AM

    ATM dispenses $37,000

    There seems to be some question in the minds of the police that this may have been a criminal activity. If you had been the recipient of this windfall, what would you have done? I'm kind of on the side of the man, who was grossly inconvenienced by the banks ineptitude.

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    Jestertheclown
    7 Apr 2014 - 11:08 AM

    Take the money and run?

    It's a good idea but how far would you get?

    The ATM would surely 'know' who's card was used to make the transaction?

    saltireblue
    saltireblue Site Moderator 43954 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Apr 2014 - 11:18 AM

    Going on what I read and what was in that vid there's no evidence that the man was going to take the money. The police turned up as he was putting it into a carrier bag...what easier way to collect so much money in order to hand it in? No evidence (as far as I could see) to see that he was trying to make off with the money.

    Jestertheclown
    7 Apr 2014 - 11:40 AM

    Agreed Malc.
    He will certainly claim that that's what he was doing and it's probably the truth.
    As I said above, he'd be very unlikely to get away with keeping it.

    derekhansen
    derekhansen e2 Member 5185 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Apr 2014 - 12:20 PM

    Totally agree with Malcolm. What should an honest person have done in that situation? Run into the branch leaving the $37k sitting in the dispenser slot?

    bainsybike
    7 Apr 2014 - 4:08 PM

    OK, I'll bite. Agreed we have no evidence of any dishonest activity, but from the video report I suspect that the guy was repeatedly asking the machine for money. The fact that the woman had time to report him, and that the police had time to arrive and catch him, is consistent with this idea. So he may have been deliberately milking the machine knowing that it was faulty, and I think the police were right to keep their options open.

    WhiteRose1
    WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41056 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Apr 2014 - 6:10 PM

    I'd try and ring the bank whilst keeping an eye on the money coming out. By the time the I get through by press button 2 for this then button 3 for that then listening to a crackling recording of some classic or other, the local riff-raff would have attended en-masse and helped themselves to the lot. It wouldn't help that you couldn't actually contact that branch direct either!

    (that's the English scenario)

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