Texas man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for help

Marie Harrington
July 15, 2017

"So people are coming by and using the ATM machine because it's still operational, and he's slipping notes through the ATM, through where you would get your receipt", Olden said.

On Wednesday afternoon local time, the contractor (whose name has not been released) was fixing a lock in a room connected to a Bank of America ATM when, suddenly, he trapped himself in.

Corpus Christi police spokesman Lieutenant Chris Hooper told The Washington Post the routine maintenance worker had left his phone and a device needed to open the door from the inside.

Without his phone, and unable to make anyone hear his cries for help, he began to slip notes to outside bank customers through the ATM's receipt slot.

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.

When he arrived, they kicked the door down and the repairman was set free.

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While initially customers were confused and thought it must be a joke, police officers were soon called into the ATM in Corpus Christi town of Texas.

However, not all "help me." notes have such happy endings. "Please call my boss". "So we are thinking this is a joke".

"It was just insane", Richard Olden, a police senior officer, told KRIS-TV. The contractor was trapped inside the ATM for about two hours.

The police also admitted they couldn't take the whole thing seriously, even though they could hear him trapped inside the ATM. "It's got to be a joke", said Olden. Luckily a police officer happened to be driving by so the customer flagged the officer down.

"But you'll never see this again in your life", Olden said.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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