Texas ATM spits out pleas for help

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Wash­ing­ton, US - When an ATM at a bank in Texas started spit­ting out hand­writ­ten notes call­ing for help, rather than tens and twen­ties, be­mused po­lice thought they must be the vic­tim of a prank.

But the of­fi­cers duly in­ves­ti­gated the cash dis­penser at a wa­ter­front Bank of Amer­ica of­fice in Cor­pus Christi, af­ter clients said they had re­ceived per­plex­ing notes say­ing ‘please help’.

Far from a can­did cam­era-style hoax, the of­fi­cers were amazed when a lit­tle voice came out of the ma­chine, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported.

When they kicked down the door lead­ing to the ATM’s ser­vice room, they found that a re­pair man who had been called to fix the lock had been stuck in­side for hours, hav­ing left his cell phone and the de­vice needed to open the door on the out­side.

“You can’t just turn the knob and exit,” po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant John Hooper told the Post.

Un­able to con­tact the out­side world, the des­per­ate con­trac­tor had started writ­ing pleas for help on pieces of pa­per and push­ing them through the dis­penser to cus­tomers ex­pect­ing to re­ceive cash, not sup­pli­ca­tions.

One of the notes read, ‘Please help. I’m stuck in here, and I don’t have my phone. Please call my boss’ - with a phone num­ber in­cluded.

Po­lice freed the worker, with­out re­leas­ing his name or the com­pany he worked for.

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