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article imageCrowd gathers as ATM gives out too much money

By Lynn Curwin     Jan 21, 2011 in Technology
Dundee - A long queue formed at a cash machine in Scotland after it began giving customers twice the amount of money they were requesting.
There were dozens of people around the ATM at the front of the Scotmid Co-operative in Dundee, on Thursday, when staff contacted police.
"The machine was spitting out money," BBC News quoted one witness, who wanted to remain anonymous, as saying.
"There were 50 or 60 people queuing outside the shop and people were running around with smiles on their faces, saying it was paying out double the amount people were asking for."
After police were called the machine, which is operated by Bank Machine Ltd, was shut down.
"Some of our staff at our store noticed large queues forming outside and they became a bit concerned,” The Scottish Sun quoted a store spokesman as saying. “They could not get close enough to the machine to check out what was going on so they did exactly the right thing and called the police."
A message posted on the Dundee United Mad board early in the evening, with the title “bank giving oot double money ...” stated “its chaos in fintry and police trying to control traffic cars all over place and about hundred waiting in queue.”
In 2008 an ATM in the US gave customers too much money when it dispensed $20 bills instead of $10 notes.
The Maneater reported that it took place at a machine on a university campus and people lined up throughout the night to withdraw funds. One student said she and her boyfriend were notified about the malfunction around 1 a.m. and then waited in line for about 40 minutes to use the machine.
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