Jodhpur: In times when people are crying over dried-out ATMs and cash crunch, a man in Rajasthan had an over-the-top lucky day.
On Tuesday evening, Jitesh Diwakar visited an ATM in a town named Tonk and walked in to withdraw some cash. He punched in a request for Rs 3,500. When the ATM did not flash a ‘no money’ warning, Diwakar must’ve been happy. But what happened next made him beyond happy.
The wonky little machine belched Rs 70,000 cash instead. However, good man Diwakar informed the local manager of Bank of Baroda about the malfunctioning ATM machine instead of quietly going home with the extra cash like many others before him must’ve done.
I immediately called my father who arrived with my uncle and we informed the bank manager, Diwakar said. A Hindustan Times report says by the time the faulty ATM was shut down, it had already churned out Rs 6.76 lakh.
Assumption is that in the ATM’s slot where Rs 100 notes should’ve been loaded, Rs 2,000 notes were put in instead. Hence, every time a request was punched in, The ATM churned out the big bucks instead of 100-rupee notes, making some 10-odd people richer than they should’ve been.
Technically, Rs 2,000 notes cannot be loaded in the Rs 100 cassette as the sensors won’t accept it. That why we have called technical experts to investigate how this happened,bank manager Harishankar Meena told HT.
Out of all these people, only one person contacted and brought the matter to our notice. We have taken a back-up of the ATM machine (records) from which we will get information of the people who withdrew money in these two hours. After tracking them we will ask them to return the extra money, he added.
The bank will be lodging a police complaint against everyone who sneakily walked away extra cash that did not belong to them.