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2014-04-04 07:20:49 PM
This happens fairly often with the same results.  People steal the money then get sued by the bank.
 
2014-04-04 07:37:15 PM
is "code error" the tech version of overzealous staffer?
 
2014-04-04 08:26:28 PM
I've pondered the risk of putting a banking computer running windows in public with an input device like a card reader.
 
2014-04-04 08:27:26 PM
The man was putting the money in a bag.. He could still be a good citizen.. Why let all that money be thrown out so any d-bag can come and grab it? He could've had all intentions to return the money to the bank the next day.
 
2014-04-04 08:27:42 PM
So the cops want to keep pursuing the matter even though the bank got their cash back and the guy using the ATM had nothing to do with the machine spitting out thousands of dollars? What was he supposed to do, walk away and leave it on the ground?
 
2014-04-04 08:30:10 PM
The money was returned to the bank. Bank officials say they don't want to press charges. But police continue to investigate. The man hasn't been charged.

Translation: the police are trying to figure out how they can confiscate the money.
 
2014-04-04 08:30:26 PM
I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars, I'd risk it.  Of course I'd promptly turn over the money when I'm inevitably found out.  But come on, it's like finding a sack of money in a parking lot or the back of a cab.
 
2014-04-04 08:34:29 PM

NoahFenze: The man was putting the money in a bag.. He could still be a good citizen.. Why let all that money be thrown out so any d-bag can come and grab it? He could've had all intentions to return the money to the bank the next day.


I'd stuff all the money in a bag too, while trying to get in contact with someone at the bank.

Realistically, the bank is going to come after you if they link your withdrawal to the missing $37,000. Even if you just let all the cash fall on the ground, they would probably just assume you took it.
 
2014-04-04 08:36:03 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: The money was returned to the bank. Bank officials say they don't want to press charges. But police continue to investigate. The man hasn't been charged.

Translation: the police are trying to figure out how they can confiscate the money.


Yep, the police are trying to figure out how the $27,000 they reported to their superiors got dispensed by the ATM, and how the $17,000 they reported to the DA got dispensed by the ATM, and how the $7,000 that got reported to the court in the warrant request got dispensed by the ATM. And eventually the charges against the poor schlub for "stealing" $700 will be dismissed when the police fail to produce the $70 that was dispensed by the ATM.
 
2014-04-04 08:36:11 PM

gadian: I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars, I'd risk it.  Of course I'd promptly turn over the money when I'm inevitably found out.  But come on, it's like finding a sack of money in a parking lot or the back of a cab.


Then stop thinking you're an honest person.
 
2014-04-04 08:40:52 PM

Rye_: gadian: I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars, I'd risk it.  Of course I'd promptly turn over the money when I'm inevitably found out.  But come on, it's like finding a sack of money in a parking lot or the back of a cab.

Then stop thinking you're an honest person.


It would probably ruin your life too

http://www.amazon.com/Finders-Keepers-Story-Found-Million/dp/0802140 21 1

There's no such thing as free money (unless you are in Congress)
 
2014-04-04 08:41:44 PM
Diebold ATM I assume?

He probably clicked the George W Bush button and hit the jackpot.
 
2014-04-04 08:42:30 PM
Then stop thinking you're an honest person.

Nah, I'm an honest person in most other regards so I'm comfortable enough to retain the label. Even honest people, if presented with a large enough some and/or the right circumstance will be tempted and could fail.  I heard a rumor once that a certain armored car company wouldn't hire anyone who said that they had not once thought of robbing an armored car. Everyone thinks about it, but it would take just the right situation to make someone act on it.  Sort of like the old question, if you knew you'd get away with it, would you murder someone who had personally wronged you.?
 
2014-04-04 08:42:40 PM
I suspect the woman caught wind of what was going on and decided that since it didn't happen to her, she's not gonna let him have it either.

/Maine is a poor state
//And vindictive
///And Old...
 
2014-04-04 08:44:00 PM

gadian: I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars, I'd risk it.  Of course I'd promptly turn over the money when I'm inevitably found out.  But come on, it's like finding a sack of money in a parking lot or the back of a cab.


Except for the ATM repeatedly taking photos of you while you enter personal information into it.
 
2014-04-04 08:45:21 PM
 
2014-04-04 08:47:28 PM

Mytch: Except for the ATM repeatedly taking photos of you while you enter personal information into it.


Well, yeah.  Still the allure is there.  Even this guy(?) had the common sense not to actually use the money.
 
2014-04-04 08:47:59 PM

gadian: Then stop thinking you're an honest person.

Nah, I'm an honest person in most other regards so I'm comfortable enough to retain the label. Even honest people, if presented with a large enough some and/or the right circumstance will be tempted and could fail.  I heard a rumor once that a certain armored car company wouldn't hire anyone who said that they had not once thought of robbing an armored car. Everyone thinks about it, but it would take just the right situation to make someone act on it.  Sort of like the old question, if you knew you'd get away with it, would you murder someone who had personally wronged you.?


Maybe I'm a sucker, but, regardless of the situation, I wouldn't steal the money. As for murdering someone who wronged me, that would have to be a pretty big wrong.
 
2014-04-04 08:48:13 PM
Nah, I'm an honest person in most other regards so I'm comfortable enough to retain the label. Even honest people, if presented with a large enough some and/or the right circumstance will be tempted and could fail.  I heard a rumor once that a certain armored car company wouldn't hire anyone who said that they had not once thought of robbing an armored car. Everyone thinks about it, but it would take just the right situation to make someone act on it.  Sort of like the old question, if you knew you'd get away with it, would you murder someone who had personally wronged you.?

"Mostly" honest isn't.

Also, if the only reason you don't murder is the fear of being caught, seek help.
 
2014-04-04 08:49:20 PM

Rye_: Maybe I'm a sucker, but, regardless of the situation, I wouldn't steal the money. As for murdering someone who wronged me, that would have to be a pretty big wrong.


You would if it were enough or you needed it badly enough.  You're honest, not inhuman or perfect.
 
2014-04-04 08:51:40 PM

gadian: Rye_: Maybe I'm a sucker, but, regardless of the situation, I wouldn't steal the money. As for murdering someone who wronged me, that would have to be a pretty big wrong.

You would if it were enough or you needed it badly enough.  You're honest, not inhuman or perfect.


No, I wouldn't.
 
2014-04-04 08:51:50 PM

gadian: I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars, I'd risk it.  Of course I'd promptly turn over the money when I'm inevitably found out.  But come on, it's like finding a sack of money in a parking lot or the back of a cab.


I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars I'd poop all over the public restroom toilet, then smear it on the walls.
 
2014-04-04 08:53:21 PM
The bank charges people to keep their money safe. Homeless guy should bill them for HIS service to do the same.
And since he's the CEO/entrepreneur, well, let's just say it takes a lot of money to start a bank on the spot....(first job is to hire an attorney)
 
2014-04-04 08:54:44 PM

Rye_: No, I wouldn't.


We'll agree to disagree on this one.  I can accept honesty and human nature.  Human nature (and reality) says that no one can be honest in every situation.

NoahFenze: I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars I'd poop all over the public restroom toilet, then smear it on the walls.


Hell, I'd even clean it for fee once I'd received the cash.
 
2014-04-04 09:02:26 PM

gadian: Rye_: No, I wouldn't.

We'll agree to disagree on this one.  I can accept honesty and human nature.  Human nature (and reality) says that no one can be honest in every situation.

NoahFenze: I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars I'd poop all over the public restroom toilet, then smear it on the walls.

Hell, I'd even clean it for fee once I'd received the cash.


Listen, you're saying "if it was enough" and "if you could get away with it." The larger the sum, the less likely you are to get away with it. I've gone back to the store to bail out the checkout girl who charged me $9 instead of $29 for an item. I'm not about to take $500 or $5000 or even $50,000 that doesn't belong to me. And any sum larger than that is going to be found out. I'm no saint, but I'm no thief.
 
2014-04-04 09:09:34 PM

Rye_: Listen, you're saying "if it was enough" and "if you could get away with it." The larger the sum, the less likely you are to get away with it. I've gone back to the store to bail out the checkout girl who charged me $9 instead of $29 for an item. I'm not about to take $500 or $5000 or even $50,000 that doesn't belong to me. And any sum larger than that is going to be found out. I'm no saint, but I'm no thief.


*pats head* Okay Sparky, I believe you're absolutely the only human being in existence that can't be bought.
/pro-tip: everyone can be bought it just depends on the price and the circumstance.
 
2014-04-04 09:21:43 PM
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Did someone say "Community chest"?
 
2014-04-04 09:27:23 PM

wildcardjack: I've pondered the risk of putting a banking computer running windows in public with an input device like a card reader.


Windows XP Embedded. Different thing, it will be supported until 2016.
 
2014-04-04 09:27:42 PM

gadian: Rye_: Listen, you're saying "if it was enough" and "if you could get away with it." The larger the sum, the less likely you are to get away with it. I've gone back to the store to bail out the checkout girl who charged me $9 instead of $29 for an item. I'm not about to take $500 or $5000 or even $50,000 that doesn't belong to me. And any sum larger than that is going to be found out. I'm no saint, but I'm no thief.

*pats head* Okay Sparky, I believe you're absolutely the only human being in existence that can't be bought.
/pro-tip: everyone can be bought it just depends on the price and the circumstance.


Maybe I'm lucky. I don't want a lot. I have what I need.
 
2014-04-04 09:30:06 PM
Also, I'm hardly the only human in existence who thinks this way.
 
2014-04-04 09:35:05 PM
Go directly to jail.
Do not pass GO.
Do not collect $200.
 
2014-04-04 09:39:50 PM

wildcardjack: I've pondered the risk of putting a banking computer running windows in public with an input device like a card reader.


http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/12/the -biggest-skimmers-of-all-fake-at ms/
 
2014-04-04 09:45:57 PM
gadian:

...if you knew you'd get away with it, would you murder someone who had personally wronged you.?

Nah, just everyone that ever meant anything to them..... in front of them.... slowly... <blink>  Sorry what was the question again?
 
2014-04-04 10:17:50 PM
gadian:  Sort of like the old question, if you knew you'd get away with it, would you murder someone who had personally wronged you.?

My attorney has advised me to not say anything until anybody that may or may not be a witness, actual or potential, has deceased.  This applies to all matters, real, future, potential or perceived.
 
2014-04-04 10:34:58 PM
HOT DAMN, THIS ATM'S FINALLY PAYING OFF!
 
2014-04-04 10:40:45 PM

NoahFenze: gadian: I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars, I'd risk it.  Of course I'd promptly turn over the money when I'm inevitably found out.  But come on, it's like finding a sack of money in a parking lot or the back of a cab.

I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars I'd poop all over the public restroom toilet, then smear it on the walls.


I don't see where a shiat smeared toilet is being dishonest.
 
2014-04-04 10:48:51 PM

wildcardjack: NoahFenze: gadian: I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars, I'd risk it.  Of course I'd promptly turn over the money when I'm inevitably found out.  But come on, it's like finding a sack of money in a parking lot or the back of a cab.

I'd like to think that I'm an honest person, but for tens of thousands of dollars I'd poop all over the public restroom toilet, then smear it on the walls.

I don't see where a shiat smeared toilet is being dishonest.


Of course, I'd promptly deny it when the place of business inevitably found out. But come on, it's like finding a sack of scrotums and being told you can't put them over your own scrotum for protection... Or something.
 
2014-04-04 10:56:59 PM
Who calls the cops over someone spending too long at an ATM? If she saw him stuffing money in a bag that would warrant a call. It's also unknown what he planned to do with it all, maybe he was gathering it and then going to call cops himself? Chances are he'd spend it but you never know.

I had this happen to me once, got a couple hundred extra I didn't ask for. The next day I went to the bank to turn it in and the woman I spoke to seemed annoyed I was there and wasting her time. No thank you for being honest just 'we would have known it was you who got it and deducted the funds from your account'.
 
2014-04-04 11:32:21 PM
I was at an ATM once waiting for an old man to finish getting his money. He walked off and left his card in the ATM and it was asking if I wanted to withdraw more money and he had a couple thousand in there.

I thought about it.

Then I took the card, closed out his transaction window, did my transaction on my card, and took his card inside to the teller.

/CSB
// I agree that everyone has their price depending on the time and the place.
 
2014-04-05 12:04:50 AM
I generally don't white-knight for cops, but there definitely is something fishy about the homeless guy CAMPING in the ATM enclosure.  As if he knew that the machine was on the fritz.. ?

At first blush, I thought this was gonna be one of those "$20 bills in the $5 bill slot" stories --- but $37k on a $140 withdrawal request?  Even if it was $100 bills in the $1 bill slot (not that there is one in ATMs), he still would've only netted less than half of his $37k.
 
2014-04-05 12:24:38 AM

l3yteme: Who calls the cops over someone spending too long at an ATM? If she saw him stuffing money in a bag that would warrant a call.


That article was 8 sentences.  Do you think that perhaps

A) The woman called just because it was taking too much of her time but the police thought, something does sound right, let's send a patrol by just to be sure

B) The woman thought the man's behavior was suspicious from his actions and the 8 sentence article didn't go into enough details about her call's specific content

C) She used the "They wont serve me chicken mcnugents" code which basically forces the local precinct to scramble all jets
 
2014-04-05 12:46:55 AM

ajgeek: /Maine is a poor state
//And vindictive
///And Old...


I'm really starting to get the impression that's the case with every state that touches Canada or touches as state that touches Canada...
 
2014-04-05 12:52:35 AM

wildcardjack: I don't see where a shiat smeared toilet is being dishonest.


Also, I feel the need to apologize to the janitors of the Bartlesville, Oklahoma subway after what I did to the  men's room at the Information Center end of the tunnel last week.  I was hung over, I had two chili dogs at the Sonic for brunch, drove in from Tulsa, and it was the only guaranteed free toilet I could think of while I was fixing to shiat the entire car...
 
2014-04-05 12:58:51 AM

TalonZahn: Then I took the card, closed out his transaction window, did my transaction on my card, and took his card inside to the teller.


Had this happen once while I was traveling out of state.  Bonus: Dude left his wallet on top of the machine to boot.  Lucky for him: His driver's licence was in the wallet, and by an unbelievable chance, he lived about 5 blocks from me!  I gave it back to him when I finally saw a car in the driveway at that address.  He gave me all the cash that was in the wallet (less than $20, but hey, it's the thought), shocked to get it back.  Tulsa being Tulsa, and me not exactly being unknown, I got a not-quite-so-random act of pizza delivered after work a few nights later with the note "Thanks for returning my wallet intact!"
 
2014-04-05 01:03:25 AM

TalonZahn: I was at an ATM once waiting for an old man to finish getting his money. He walked off and left his card in the ATM and it was asking if I wanted to withdraw more money and he had a couple thousand in there.

I thought about it.

Then I took the card, closed out his transaction window, did my transaction on my card, and took his card inside to the teller.


WTF?  How long did you think about it that getting his attention and giving his card back wasn't an option anymore?  200% believable.
0% CS, B.
 
2014-04-05 01:29:20 AM

gadian: Rye_: Listen, you're saying "if it was enough" and "if you could get away with it." The larger the sum, the less likely you are to get away with it. I've gone back to the store to bail out the checkout girl who charged me $9 instead of $29 for an item. I'm not about to take $500 or $5000 or even $50,000 that doesn't belong to me. And any sum larger than that is going to be found out. I'm no saint, but I'm no thief.

*pats head* Okay Sparky, I believe you're absolutely the only human being in existence that can't be bought.
/pro-tip: everyone can be bought it just depends on the price and the circumstance.


www.womanaroundtown.com
 
2014-04-05 01:40:07 AM

Baloo Uriza: wildcardjack: I don't see where a shiat smeared toilet is being dishonest.

Also, I feel the need to apologize to the janitors of the Bartlesville, Oklahoma subway after what I did to the  men's room at the Information Center end of the tunnel last week.  I was hung over, I had two chili dogs at the Sonic for brunch, drove in from Tulsa, and it was the only guaranteed free toilet I could think of while I was fixing to shiat the entire car...


That's part of having a public toilet. I'm assuming you meant Subway, the sandwich shop. Mass transit in Oklahoma means a pickup truck bed.
 
2014-04-05 02:10:54 AM
Last March (2013) I went into BoA and closed my line of revolving credit (credit card) that I had opened 8 years before with them. Paid cash to close the account, was told the account was closed by the bank teller....

Fast forward to the first week of December, I got a letter in the mail from a collection agency telling me that the card was 'charged off' at the end of November and I owed them $50 MORE than the line of credit was for to being with.

I have spent the last 5 months fighting it...still not resolved....my credit score dropped 80+ points because of this....FARK all banks, especially Bank of America.

(Side Note: That same week I closed my line of revolving credit with my local credit union...was told the account was closed... and they ACTUALLY CLOSED IT).
 
2014-04-05 03:56:25 AM

trappedspirit: l3yteme: Who calls the cops over someone spending too long at an ATM? If she saw him stuffing money in a bag that would warrant a call.

....

C) She used the "They wont serve me chicken mcnugents" code which basically forces the local precinct to scramble all jets


I didn't know Ted was Scottish.
 
2014-04-05 07:41:36 AM
She called the cops because he was taking too long? Great use of resources there, lady. If I called the cops every time I got stuck in line behind "that guy", I'd get arrested for misuse of 911

/Are you getting $20 for lunch or applying for a farking mortgage?
 
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