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London ATM becomes generous, pays double

world Updated: Jun 22, 2012 23:54 IST
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Any time double money! An ATM in London started paying twice the amount asked for, due to a human error, and hordes of people benefited from the unexpected windfall till it lasted.

There was a run on a cash machine in central London when it started paying out double money after an employee accidentally loaded the 10 pound tray with 20 pound notes.

Long queues formed outside the Sainsbury’s ATM in Tottenham Court Road as word of the unexpected windfall spread like wildfire.

Some customers walked away hundreds of pounds better off after withdrawing the maximum of 300 pounds on multiple cards and getting the same amount again each time for free.

It’s not the first time a “double-your-money” error has occurred at cash machines. On previous occasions, some banks had chosen to write off the losses rather than pursue a large number of claims.

One office worker, who did not wish to be named, said he became aware of the blunder when he went to get cash out at lunchtime on Thursday.

“I realised the machine was paying double, so I queued up again and withdrew even more,” he said.

“I checked my statement online and it was only showing the amount we had asked for, not what was paid out. It was the best thing in the world.”

The machine was closed down when a customer reported the problem. A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said: “We’d like to thank our customers for letting the store know.”

It was not revealed how much money had been lost or how many people had taken out cash. She also could not confirm whether customers would be pursued for the money.

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