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What would you do if.........

Discussion in 'Personal' started by ninenotes, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    You went to the cash machine and the last person had left money in it?

    This happened when I was out earlier on.
  2. PussyGraves

    PussyGraves Occasional commenter

    Give them their money.
  3. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    There was nobody around.
  4. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    Did you spot the money while the person who left it was still within reach?
  5. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    Crossed posts.
  6. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    I suppose it would depend on where the cash machine was situated - outside a supermarket and the person could be in the shop.
  7. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    It was outside a bank on a busy street. No way of telling who'd left it.
  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Hand it in to the bank.
  9. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    That's what I did. I asked the girl if there was any way of tracing who'd used the machine before me and she said ha ha ha, maybe, but don't worry we'll find a home for it.

    I wish I'd spent it.
  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    What GDW said... in an ideal world

    In a bad world... run away cackling 'mine all mine mwhahahahaha'
  11. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I would have thought the bank would easily be able to identify the user before you by their card details. In any case the person who left it may well go back to the bank and ask if it's been handed in. Returning it to the bank is obviously the right thing to do.
    ilovesooty, ScotSEN and Dragonlady30 like this.
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    If it weren't near a bank then I might hand it in to the police (large amount) or give to charity????

    But it's never happened.

    I mean to say. How do you do that? Leave the cash in the machine? I can see me walking off and realising a few seconds later but not forgetting for long enough not to go back and retrieve it.
  13. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    A friend of mine left the card in the machine and went back to the bank the next day, it had been handed in. This was in another country where we were warned to beware of pickpockets. Thankfully, most people are honest.

    If the ATM is outside a shop I'd hand it into customer services if it was one of those in a phone box or unattached to anything I'm not sure what I'd do. Charity like grumpydogwoman said maybe.
  14. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    The vast majority of bank cash machines are covered by cctv now so they may be able to track the "owner" by finding the OP on there and seeing who was last/tracing the bank details
    They may do that or they may not bother
  15. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    She didn't ask me for any ID.....
  16. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    I'm sure that she will recognise you in the video :)
  17. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    This happened at my bank when I went to the note and coin sorter. About £40 left in the reject till. I gave to a teller.
    Dragonlady30 likes this.
  18. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    True but she didn't give me the impression something will be done about it.

    My guess is it will be left on her desk until tomorrow then it will be a case of, who does this belong to? Nobody? Why don't we put it in the New Year party fund?
  19. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    The bank could tell who last used the cashpoint (or at least from which account it came from) and how much was taken out. They can also see from the machine's camera an image of who requested the money and also see who actually took it.

    Don't forget that will also be cameras inside the branch so anyone handing it in will be acknowledged and the bank cashier will not be able to pocket it themselves (which I'm sure they wouldn't).

    If its outside banking hours then you have a problem but you could go back the next day or hand it into a Police Station ( good luck trying to find one open).

    I believe (although never tested it) that the machine will take back in any money its dispensed if its not picked up within a certain time period.
  20. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    So I should go back tomorrow and get it off the Santander cashier?

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