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#1 Hum

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 16:50

When University of Delaware senior, Devon Gluck, visited a campus PNC Bank ATM to withdraw some cash, he noticed the machine was making strange noises.

The students that had been using the machine before him, seemed to have been taking a long time with their transaction.

So, the finance major hesitated before inserting his debit card, and as he waited for a minute, the ATM mistakenly dispensed 18-$100 bills. Gluck said, “My eyes just opened really wide, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is $1,800 right here.’”

After a few seconds of looking at the money, the student grabbed the bills and decided he’d figure out what to do with the cash later. :shifty:

Gluck discussed the situation with his best friend and his father and finally decided to return the money four days later.

The student who hopes to go into banking and finance said, “I mean, it was just eating at me at the time because it isn’t mine and I didn’t even know what to do with it.”

PNC spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel said that while she could not comment on the details of the incident, the money had been mistakenly withdrawn from another student’s account and was refunded.

Zweibel said, ““Honesty is always the best policy when talking about money, and keeping money that you’re not authorized to have for any amount of time is unlawful.”

Gluck was not reprimanded and the PNC bank branch manager thanked the honest student for doing the right thing.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 16:55

He still haned it in 4 days late.

I found a brand new, unreleased paintball marker (gun) worth $1400 on Sunday at my local woods (was a paintball tournament going on) and I handed it straight back to the manufacturers who were there attending (one of their 'factory' teams took it out as a spare whilst they played a game and forgot about it).

I got a thank you - but alas.. no discount off a new one :p

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 17:03

I'd be making strange noises too, as I ran off ... :shifty:

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 22:16

I really don't understand why people think they can get away with things like this when they happen. The bank can and WILL be able to trace who got the extra money, as you just stuck your card in the slot... It's all tracked.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 22:24

I used to work in the network operations center at Regions Bank, and one of our responsibilities was monitoring the ATMs. We can see how much money is dispensed out by the machine, and who has used it, so there's pretty much no way that person would've been able to get away with the extra money. He'd be charged for it regardless when it's audited.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:49

The student who hopes to go into banking and finance said, “I mean, it was just eating at me at the time because it isn’t mine and I didn’t even know what to do with it.”


He should have kept it as practice for when he gets into banking.He ain't ever going anywhere being honest in that profession.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:40

He should have kept it as practice for when he gets into banking.He ain't ever going anywhere being honest in that profession.

Or a lawyer, or any kind of government work ...

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 23:09

I used to work in the network operations center at Regions Bank, and one of our responsibilities was monitoring the ATMs. We can see how much money is dispensed out by the machine, and who has used it, so there's pretty much no way that person would've been able to get away with the extra money. He'd be charged for it regardless when it's audited.


Having worked for a bank, tracing is easy but there are other issues.

In the UK there was a case of people withdrawing money from cash machines and getting double their money.

Why? The company in charge of loading the ATMs had put £20 notes in instead of £10 notes.

I recall there were huge queues for these machines, even featuring local and national news.

http://www.dailymail...s-windfall.html

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 23:19

think all the cash machines in the walls (prolly not standalone ones) have cameras in anyway so they can see who got it

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 23:27

think all the cash machines in the walls (prolly not standalone ones) have cameras in anyway so they can see who got it


And that they have the bank details of all card users. Easy for the Police to request with suspicion of theft/fraud.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 00:24

I really don't understand why people think they can get away with things like this when they happen. The bank can and WILL be able to trace who got the extra money, as you just stuck your card in the slot... It's all tracked.


If you just got $1800 free (stolen) money out of the machine and you intend on keeping it, you would be stupid to put your card in the machine. The only problem is the cameras. The bank can forward a picture of you to law enforcement and perhaps the local media.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 00:38

interesting. The kid got a bailout and he is expected to be honest when the banking industry isn't. let me elaborate.

Here in the US, I and many others have mortgage insurance on (my home/Their homes) so that if I go belly up, the bank or my lender can reap the total cost of the home without any loss. So the whole housing crash was a huge fat bailout for the banks anyway. But the bankswould have us un-initiated not know they made big money.

So the banks never lost any money, they made money.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 00:53

So the banks never lost any money, they made money.


Sounds like some things never change.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:06

I got took in a scam once by this lady selling a video camera that turned out to be fake, got took for 400 bucks. The very next day I saw the same woman at another store near by at the atm. She turned around and saw me and took off, thing is she left her card in the atm with the pin already punched in. I took back my 400 bucks and cut her card up. Heard a few days later she and another person got busted for pulling more scams on people outside of another Best Buy. Hearing that was sweet karma candy.