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ATM Mistakenly Gives $37,000 To Homeless Man


A malfunctioning ATM in Maine spit out over $37,000 to a homeless man Thursday morning. The ATM was located at the TD Bank branch in South Portland.

Police official, Lt. Todd Bernard said Friday morning that officers were called to the bank branch at 1 a.m. and again at 5:30 a.m. in response to the glitch.

“We got a call that he was sleeping in the [ATM] vestibule, and we had to move him along,” Bernard recalled. “Then at around 5:30 a.m., we got another call that he was back there and taking an unusually long time at the ATM by a woman who was trying to use it. She thought it seemed suspicious.”

Officers found the same man filling a shopping bag with cash from the malfunctioning ATM. Police said that he had already stuffed $37,000 in cash in the bag by the time they arrived.

The man did have a valid ATM card and about $100 in his account. How did the ATM keep giving him money? Apparently he was using the “cash advance” feature on the machine, repeatedly requesting $700. Strangely enough, the ATM just kept giving him money, even though it was not in his account.

Officers were outraged.

“It is illegal. He is taking money that doesn’t belong to him, and the bank at this point has elected not to prosecute, although the case is still under investigation,” Bernard voiced. “That ATM has been taken out of service and is being checked out to determine why it malfunctioned.”

Police say that the man is from Utah, but has been in Maine “for some time now.” They did not, however, say whether he would be charged with a crime or not.

(Article by M.B. David)

1 Comment on "ATM Mistakenly Gives $37,000 To Homeless Man"

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  1. Angel says:

    I’m sure he woulda paid it back…

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