Texas man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for help

Man stuck in ATM slides 'Help Me' notes through receipt slot

A Texas repairman found that one of the hardest parts about being trapped while servicing a bank's automated teller machine was convincing customers coming for cash that he was stuck.

The unnamed employee was sent to change a lock at a Bank of America location, The New York Times reports.

After completing transactions, customers were shocked to find alarming handwritten notes popping out of the receipt slot. One note collected by a local news station read: "Please help".

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The notes explained the situation, and asked customers to call the contractor's boss.

Sadly, not even the police could free the contractor from the ATM's clutches. This is not all that surprising considering that "candid camera" shows do things just like this to see how people will react.

The man assured the police officers it was anything but.

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"We come out here, and sure enough we can hear a little voice coming from the machine. So we're all thinking this is a joke - this has got to be a joke", Olden said. "It's got to be a joke", he added.

But this was no joke. Having left his phone in the vehicle, he was unable to call for help. Police arrived and helped him out - before arresting him. He didn't have his phone with him, and nobody could hear him inside the branch, so out of desperation he wrote notes, and pushed them through the receipt slot.

But after passing some shouts back and forth, the officers went around and busted down the problematic door.

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