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Customers Get Strange Notes From One ATM - Man Trapped Inside Seeks Help

Bank customers in Corpus Christi, Texas decided to pull into a drive-through ATM on Wednesday night to withdraw some cash. The unnamed patron put a card into the machine, punched in a pin number and attempted to withdraw cash. Instead of money, a mysterious, hand-written note came out of the slot. That's when the customer realized something was wrong.

The note that the customer got read, "Please help I'm stuck in here and I don't have my phone please call my boss at [number redacted]."

The customer was very puzzled at first upon reading the note, but then could hear a faint noise coming from inside the ATM. That's when he realized someone was trapped inside the machine.

The customer called the Corpus Christi Police Department and had quite a time explaining the reason for the call. Police arrived and were sure it was going to be some kind of prank.

"We come out here, and sure enough we can hear a little voice coming from the machine," said Officer Richard Olden told KRISTV. "So we are thinking, This is a joke. It's got to be a joke."

But no, it wasn't a joke. An ATM contractor had shown up earlier that day after getting a call to go in and repair the machine. The bank had been shut down, and they were planning to remodel the building. He was sent to fix some equipment in the ATM room.

The contractor left his phone in his truck and was in the ATM room installing a new lock on the door. Unfortunately, he locked himself in the room.

Customers were passing by, and the contractor called for help, but his cries were simply not audible through all the metal and concrete. He finally thought that he had one chance: to pass notes through the machine. He wrote one note, then another and another. Apparently, just like police, customers driving by to take out cash thought that the notes were a joke.

The trapped contractor was beginning to worry that he was going to run out of paper and ink before someone took him seriously. Finally, one customer decided to report the note, just in case there was something more serious going on. That willingness to err on the side of caution may have saved this guy’s life.

Police officers arrived and started shouting back and forth through the machine at the trapped man, then they went around and broke down the door. The man was thankfully unharmed, and because there was no crime committed, he was free to leave.

"We have a once-in-a-lifetime situation that you'll probably never see or hear about again," the officer mused to a Fox affiliate. "It was just crazy."

The customer who helped facilitate the contractor’s dramatic rescue got to walk away with a souvenir: the little note that came out of the machine. That is a conversation starter. He posted a picture of the note to social media. Many have shared it asking, ‘What would you do’?

Source: NPR, Vice
Photo: KRISTV

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