Authorities were only alerted to the trapped man after customers using the ATM saw a note in the receipt slot begging for help.
It's that classic parents' lunchbox joke note: "Help I'm trapped in a sandwich factory". "I don't have my phone", one of the notes read. A man, hidden behind the machine, was locked in the service room that housed the ATM. An ATM was dispensing handwritten notes scribbled with an existential appeal: "please help".
Police said a number of other ATM users ignored the notes thinking it was a joke.
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However, people thought it was a joke, until one lucky saviour made a decision to give the police a call on the off-chance.
The responding officers also thought the "help" messages coming from the ATM were a joke, however soon they heard a faint voice coming from the machine. "Please call my boss ..." At this point the officers chose to break the back door, ending his roughly 2-hour ordeal. Some people assumed it was a joke and drove away, until one eventually got out of his auto, and approached the machine.
"You ll never see this again in your life that somebody is stuck in the ATM machine", Olden said.