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ATM gives homeless man $37,000 instead of the $140 he tried to withdraw

A homeless man went to an ATM on Thursday morning and the ATM released $37,000 instead of the small amount he had requested, according to a Yahoo! News report on Friday.

Police officers in South Portland, Maine, were called to a TD Bank branch on Maine Mall Road at about 1:00 a.m. and the police officers found a man sleeping in the ATM's access area. After police officers got him to move along, he returned. At 5:30 a.m., a woman – who was waiting to use the ATM - called the police to report that the man was spending an unusually long time at the ATM. When the South Portland police officers came to the bank again, they found the same homeless man filling a shopping bag with more than $37,000 in cash.

Police say that the man used his bank card to withdraw $140 for his own account, but he basically hit the jackpot as the ATM kept spitting out thousands and thousands of dollars. The police returned the money to the bank, and the bank chose not to file charges against the man. Police say that charges may be filed against the man in the future. Since charges have not been filed yet, the man’s name has not been released by the police.

The report also says that most ATMs hold $10,000 to $20,000. However, an ATM at a mall can hold as much as $50,000. ATMs inside a bank can have as much as $200,000 in them.

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