New Zealand ATM gives out double the money
Saturday, August 25, 2007
A Queenstown, New Zealand Automated teller machine (ATM) that was incorrectly stacked allowed customers to double their money. A contractor incorrectly stacked the NZ$10 note slot with $20 notes, and vice versa. The problem only affected small withdrawals of $20 or $10.
Dozens of customers, mostly backpackers, exploited the Kiwibank ATM with several people making up to 40 transactions.
Due to the complexity of the issue, the bank does not plan to attempt to track down the customers who got extra money, but they do plan to reimburse those who lost money.
- Peter Lewis. "ATM mistake fills backpackers' wallets" — , August 23, 2007
- "Generous ATM spits out double cash" — , August 23, 2007
- NZPA, Newstalk ZB. "Queues at ATM as it doubles cash" — , August 23, 2007