CASH BO­NANZA

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Res­i­dents who took ad­van­tage of a faulty ATM on Ruther­glen Main Street won’t be made to hand their money back.

Dozens of lo­cals queued out­side the TSB at the junction with Kirk­wood Street on Fri­day, July 18 af­ter the ma­chine started dish­ing out £20 notes in­stead of ten­ners.

Word of the un­ex­pected cash bo­nanza was spread on so­cial media.

TSB later put the is­sue down to a “tech­ni­cal er­ror” while the ATM’s were closed over the week­end.

The Re­former asked this week if peo­ple would need to re­turn the ex­tra money, but a TSB spokesper­son said that was un­likely to be the case.

In­stead, they said peo­ple were be­ing “in­vited to pop in and have a chat with the man­ager” if they wanted to re­turn the money while ad­mit­ting it would be dif­fi­cult to fol­low up peo­ple from other banks with­out con­tact de­tails.

Tech­ni­cally, tak­ing the cash know­ingly would be illegal and a bank would be within their rights to chase it up.

Sev­eral peo­ple are be­lieved to have owned up to the bank af­ter tak­ing the money un­wit­tingly.

But it is un­likely ev­ery­one will hand the money back.

One said: “I couldn’t be­lieve my luck.

“Es­pe­cially at this time, when money is so tight, it’s a real boost. There were lots of peo­ple crowd­ing round to try and dou­ble their money.”

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the is­sue was re­solved, a TSB spokesper­son said: “There was a tech­ni­cal er­ror with one of our cash ma­chines which was iden­ti­fied on Fri­day.

“This meant peo­ple were un­able to use it over the week­end while we re­paired it but we are pleased to con­firm it was work­ing again on Mon­day morn­ing.”

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