Houston ATM Mistakenly Dispenses $100 Bills Instead Of $10
Going to the bank is rarely a cause for celebration, but some lucky people in Texas struck gold recently.
A malfunctioning Bank Of America ATM in Houston, Texas accidentally dispensed $100 bills instead of $10 bills on Monday morning. The malfunction ended up causing several fights to break out, and eventually, the bank decided to tell the lucky customers they can keep the extra money.
According to reports from Houston’s ABC 13, a line formed at the bank in north Harris County when word spread about the faulty machine. Authorities said that when a customer attempted to withdraw $20 from the mchine on Sunday at around 11 p.m., the machine ended up spitting out a $100 bill. As all sensible people do, the man posted about his experience on social media, and a crowd ended up rushing to the location to see if they would have the same luck, according to deputies.
A few fights went down while people waited in line to make money from the ATM glitch, the station reported. The commotion occurred over about a two-hour period before authorities arrived at the scene, officials said. Deputies ended up dispersing the crowd and eventually shut down the miracle ATM machine, ABC 13 reported.
Bank of America issued the following statement on Monday in response to the error:
“This was an incident at a single ATM in Houston caused when a vendor incorrectly loaded $100 bills in place of $10 bills. We have resolved the matter. Customers will be able to keep the additional money dispensed,” the company said.
It is not yet known how much extra money was dispensed or how many people got lucky from the mishap.
Turns out, these customers are lucky that Bank Of America let them keep their extra coin. Law enforcement says that if the bank called on the money to be returned, criminal charges could have been filed.
“There’s no free lunch. If you receive money that you know it is not yours, and you refuse to give it back upon demand, you can, at the discretion of the district attorney, be charged with theft,” Sgt. Joshua Nowick of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told the station.