ATM Gives Too Much; Recipients May Be Asked to Give Back

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MANSFIELD, La. -- Sheriffs in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, are investigating the case of the overly friendly ATM.

The machine at a truck stop was spitting out 20s instead of fives.

Annette Parker, who's a supervisor at Eagle's Truck Stop pulled the plug on the machine after overhearing people talking about the excess payments. But by the next day it had been plugged back in and was continuing to cough up extra money.

Authorities put the total loss at $7,000. But they also think they may be able to get at least some of it back. The machine keeps records of who gets the money.

The sheriff thinks the ATM may have been rigged by somebody at the truck stop. And he says there could be charges against those who got more than they should have.

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