Man stuck inside ATM gets creative with 'please help me' notes

Jerome Frank
July 15, 2017

The man started to send notes for help through the ATM receipt slot after realising customers were using the ATM.

In rare instances, the corporate monoliths even ingest people, such as the man who got trapped inside a Bank of America ATM in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Unfortunately, the lock got the better of the worker and he'd left his cellphone in his truck, rendering him helpless, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

He was later rescued by officials due to his smart strategy of passing notes through the ATM receipt slot to customers, which read "Please help".

The repairman wrote the note including his boss' phone number but Police revealed that some customers thought the notes were a joke, but one chose to give them a call.

Law enforcement officers have had their fair share of unusual encounters with mythological beings and chasing mythical beasts, but it's a first for Corpus Christi police who came to the rescue of an automated teller machine pleading for help from its users.

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However, not all "help me." notes have such happy endings. "Please call my boss at ..."

Due to the unusual situation, police couldn't classify the incident as a crime, so they freed the man and let him go.

The officers verified the man's employment with the man's superior, Hooper said.

Police too initially thought it was as a prank, but when they arrived on the scene and approached the ATM, they could hear a faint voice calling to them from inside. Well, at least it wasn't for the engineer who was genuinely trapped for two hours.

Police said a number of other ATM users ignored the notes thinking it was a joke. "It's got to be a joke", said Olden.

"So everybody's OK, but you'll never see this again in your life", said Olden.

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