Man Trapped in ATM Slips Notes to Customers Begging For Help - NBC Chicago

Man Trapped in ATM Slips Notes to Customers Begging For Help

One read, "Please help. I'm stuck in here ...," and implored people to call his boss

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    An ATM repairman got stuck inside the machine and slips "Help Me" notes through the receipt slot until he's rescued. (Published Thursday, July 13, 2017)

    A Texas man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape, police said Thursday.

    The contractor became stuck Wednesday when he was changing a lock to a Bank of America room that leads to the back of the ATM, Corpus Christi police Lt. Chris Hooper said. He couldn't let himself out of the room because he didn't have a keycard on him and was unable to notify bank employees for help.

    "Apparently he left his cellphone and the swipe card he needed to get out of the room outside in his truck," Hooper said.

    When he realized customers were retrieving cash from the machine, he passed notes to them through the ATM receipt slot. One read, "Please help. I'm stuck in here and I don't have my phone. Please call my boss ..."

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    A contractor was changing a lock inside a room that connects to the ATM at a Bank of America in Texas when he got locked inside the vestibule. He started slipping "help me" notes through the receipt slot. Most people thought it was a joke. Someone eventually called police. Officials described it as a "once in a lifetime situation that you will probably never see or hear again." 

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    (Published Thursday, July 13, 2017)

    Some customers appeared to dismiss the notes as a gag, Hooper said. But one called police, who detected a faint voice coming from inside the ATM. An officer kicked in the door to the room and freed the man, whose name has not been released.

    "Everyone is OK, but you will never see this in your life, that somebody was stuck in the ATM. It was just crazy," Richard Olden, a police senior officer, told KRIS-TV.