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Vietnamese man arrested for hammering ATM due to wrong cash dispensation

Saturday, December 12, 2020, 10:43 GMT+7
Vietnamese man arrested for hammering ATM due to wrong cash dispensation
The ATM is seen broken after S. hammered it in Ben Cat Town, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, December 10, 2020. Photo: B.S. / Tuoi Tre

A man has been arrested for breaking an ATM with a hammer after it dispensed the less amount of cash than that he had required during transactions in the southern province of Binh Duong.

The vandalism is being clarified, police in Binh Duong’s Ben Cat Town said on Friday.

According to preliminary information, S., the man in question, told the police he used his wife’s bankcard to withdraw money from a Sacombank ATM on DT741 Street in the town’s Hoa Loi Ward on Thursday morning.

S. made a total of five transactions to withdraw VND11 million (US$475).

Although the exact amount was deducted from his wife’s bank account, only VND5 million ($215) worth of cash was dispensed from the ATM, he said.

However, S. did not notice the ATM’s mistake until he returned to the same ATM to perform another withdrawal transaction on Thursday afternoon.

When the man returned home, he told his wife about the incident and called the Sacombank hotline to inform about the mistake. 

Police officers examine the scene where S. hammered an ATM in Ben Cat Town, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, December 10, 2020. Photo: B.S. / Tuoi Tre
Police officers examine the scene where S. hammered an ATM in Ben Cat Town, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, December 10, 2020. Photo: B.S. / Tuoi Tre

The lender’s customer service agent told him that the issue would be resolved within 45 days.

Being questioned by his wife, S., who had had some drink, then took a hammer to the aforementioned ATM and smashed the monitor screen and the card slot of the machine.

His act made other people performing transactions at the ATM at that time think he was trying to steal money from the machine.

Following the report from onlookers, the local police quickly arrived at the ATM’s location to arrest S. and examine the scene.

S. has been temporarily apprehended since.

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