When one contractor got stuck in a jam in a room trying to fix some ATM machines, he needed to come up with an idea to get help.

Police in Corpus Christi responded to a call to rescue a contractor who got himself stuck inside a room at a bank while on the job changing locks on an ATM machine. Because he left his phone in his truck, he was unable to simply call for assistance. Knowing that customers were coming up to the machine to withdraw cash, the contractor made the wise decision to slip out pieces of paper asking for help.

Put yourself in that situation, where a slip of paper comes sliding out of the ATM explaining that there was someone stuck behind the wall and needed help. Odds are you might think it was a joke at first, right? That was the reaction many seemed to have, including the police arriving on the scene.

Officer [Richard] Olden said people thought it was a joke, but someone took it seriously and called the police.

“We come out here, and sure enough we can hear a little voice coming from the machine. So we are thinking this is a joke. It’s got to be a joke,” Olden said.

Police ended up having to kick down the door to free the contractor from his peril. It’s good that he manage to escape, although just how many ATM users thought it was a joke and laughed it off on their way home was not reported. We need to know what those people think after they learn this was all legitimate. They probably should have their ATM fees reimbursed.


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