$1,800 ATM Mistake: College Student Returns Cash It Spit Out

Monday, 04 Mar 2013 03:26 PM

By Megan Anderle

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A University of Delaware student's attempt to withdraw some cash from an ATM for the weekend netted him $1,800 in cash before he could even put his debit card in the machine.

Devon Gluck, a senior finance major, said the PNC ATM inside the Trabant University Center made a strange noise and then spit out 18 $100 bills on Feb. 1, according to The News Journal.

“My eyes just opened really wide, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is $1,800 right here,’ ” Gluck said. “It’s pretty crazy.”

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He said he decided to take the money for the time being and figure out what to do later.

Four days later he turned the money in.

“After a couple days of just thinking about it, the right thing would be just to return the money,” he said. “I mean, it was just eating at me at the time because it isn’t mine and I didn’t even know what to do with it.”

PNC spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel confirmed that a student had returned cash dispensed by the ATM. She also said that the student’s account from which the money was mistakenly withdrawn had been refunded.

Gluck said the PNC branch manager thanked him and that he wasn't reprimanded.

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“I kind of just thought maybe I can get something good out of this,” Gluck said. “I’ll definitely feel better, and I’m looking into going into banking and finance, so I felt like this was a good opportunity to meet someone, get a good reference and do the right thing.”

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