Customers at a Texas Bank of America in Corpus Christi got an unexpected surprise when they paid a visit to the ATM machine.
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While they may have only asked the ATM for cash, they found the machine dispensing something they hadn’t asked for, a slip of paper with a message scrawled across it: “Please help.”
It turns out, a technician had becomes trapped in the room behind the ATM while attempting to change out the lock on the machine. With his phone in his truck and the walls too thick for anyone to hear his cries, the clever contractor took to slipping notes out the receipt slot in hopes of getting free.
“Please help. I’m stuck in here and I don’t have my phone. Please call my boss.â€
Luckily, several customers stepped up to the ATM and found the contractor’s notes. At first, everyone thought it was a joke. Then someone–thankfully–decided they’d better call authorities, just in case. It turns out they were very right to do so!
Corpus Christi Police Officer Richard Olden arrived soon after.
“We come out here, and sure enough we can hear a little voice coming from the machine,”Olden said. “So we are thinking this is a joke. It’s got to be a joke.â€
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“Everyone is okay, but you will never see this in your life, that somebody was stuck in the ATM, it was just crazy,”Olden said.
It had to be a joke, the responding officers believed. Then the machine starting talking. https://t.co/pEmkCTbizN
– Alex Horton (@AlexHortonTX) July 13, 2017
Thing I didn’t know I needed to worry about: getting trapped inside an ATM https://t.co/ft6SmYOTnu
– Michelle Ghoussoub (@MichelleGhsoub) July 13, 2017
I’d write “Gimme $5k and we’ll talk” and slide that paper right back in. https://t.co/itFDzMnmru
– Taylor Pate (@taylorlpate) July 13, 2017
I thought I had seen it all. This is one is up there. https://t.co/WCUq586w76
– The King of Qu- FoHi (@Geeeeemen) July 13, 2017
Authorities were able to retrieve the man unharmed thanks to his genius plan!
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