You hear about people getting stuck up in trees, or kids getting their head stuck in between bars in a fence. You almost never hear about people getting stuck inside an ATM. Well, that is exactly what happened to a poor guy from Corpus Christi, TX.
People visiting the Bank of America drive thru ATM in Corpus Christi got a shock when they got a strange hand-written note instead of a receipt with their transaction. A man who was stuck inside the ATM was feeding the bank patrons S.O.S notes.
The note read, “Please help I’m stuck in here and I don’t have my phone please call my boss,” he then included his supervisor’s phone number. Seriously, he’s lucky he knew his boss’s number by heart (really, who knows that?).
The man was a contractor who was hired to fix a lock on the door of the ATM vault. But, when the man went to go of the door it slammed shut, locking him inside. He left his phone in his car so he had no way of contacting anyone for help.
The bank was under construction, so there weren’t any tellers inside the bank, said Ms. Gena Pena, a spokesperson for the Corpus Christi Police Department. But the ATM was still fully functional. He tried calling for help, but nobody could hear him.
The man, who has not been identified, wrote several notes, but people thought that it was practical joke. Finally, one patron took the notes seriously. Luckily, there was a police officer driving by at the moment and the bank patron called them over.
The police officer also thought that it was some elaborate joke at first. “It was just crazy,” police officer Richard Olden told KZTV. “Sure enough, we [could] hear a little voice coming from the machine.”
Officer Olden seemed to be in giggles about the whole situation when he was interviewed by the local news. “We have a once in a lifetime situation that you’ll probably never see or hear about again,” said officer Olden.
The police officers couldn’t reach the room where the contractor was trapped. So, they had to call the man’s boss and wait for him to arrive on the scene. When he did, the officers were able to reach the room and kick down the door.
The man and the contracting company refused an interview and did not want to be identified. After all, it was embarrassing for everyone involved. The police didn’t even file a report, since no crime had been committed.
Despite officer Olden’s statements. Ms. Pena said that this type of situation has happened before. “Honestly, we can’t say it’s never happened,” said Ms. Pena. “But 95 percent of people will have their phones on them.”
The lesson you should take away from this is to ALWAYS have your cellphone on you! You never know how badly you could need it. Though, in all honesty, getting stuck in a vault full of money isn’t the worst place to be trapped. I wonder if he got to pocket anything?