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ATM Blows Up in Restaurant

The Golden Chinese/American takeout restaurant gets an unwelcome surprise

(Newser) - Three men blew up an ATM in a Chinese takeout restaurant in Philadelphia while the establishment was still open but were unable to get any cash, the AP reports. The men entered the Golden Chinese/American takeout restaurant in northwest Philadelphia shortly after 9pm Friday and ordered food, police said. They... More »

2 Men Charged With Blowing Up ATMs

They were arrested after Georgia blast

(Newser) - Two men are facing federal charges in Florida for using small explosions to rob ATMs in the Tampa Bay area, authorities said Monday. The US Attorney's Office in Tampa has charged Mawdo Malick Sallah, 33, of Clearwater, Fla., and Kirk Douglas Johnson, 34, of Anderson, SC, with conspiring to... More »

'Brazen' Suspect Has Been Blowing Up ATMs in Florida

Latest Tampa Bay explosion yielded cash, police say

(Newser) - Police in the Tampa Bay area aren't sure who has been blowing up ATMs—but they strongly suspect it is the same suspect who was seen spray-painting the lenses of surveillance cameras shortly before the explosions. There have been three ATM explosions in the area over the last few... More »

She Handed Over the Cash. Then Robbery Suspect Saw Her Balance

Man accused of robbing woman at ATM in China apparently had change of heart

(Newser) - It's not clear if this story should be filed under "weird crimes" or "uplifting news." The surveillance cameras tell the tale of the person now being dubbed "the world's kindest crook," with the footage coming out of Heyuan in China's Guangdong province.... More »

ATM Spits Out $100 Bills by Mistake, Bank Says 'Keep It'

It happened at a machine in Houston

(Newser) - Banks aren't usually known for giving out free money, but Bank of America is begrudgingly making an exception after one of its Houston ATMs went haywire over the weekend, spitting out $100 bills instead of smaller denominations, per KTRK . A man discovered the glitch while withdrawing money Sunday night,... More »

FBI Warns New 'ATM Cash-Out' Scheme May Be Imminent

An alert was sent to banks on Friday

(Newser) - "ATM cash-out." It's a phrase that has the ring of a game show but the reality of a nightmare, at least according to the FBI, which has issued a warning about the scheme. Per Krebs on Security , the FBI has been on the receiving end of "... More »

Cops: Man Beat Up ATM That 'Gave Too Much Cash'

He told police he didn't know what to do

(Newser) - 'Tis the season to be generous—but not if you're an ATM, and especially not if you're dealing with Michael Joseph Oleksik. Police in Florida say the 23-year-old Merritt Island man was arrested and charged with criminal mischief over an attack that caused at least $5,000... More »

How a Guy Stuck Behind an ATM Got Out

Via a note the machine delivered

(Newser) - Instead of money, an ATM in Corpus Christi, Texas, delivered a note reading, "Please Help. I'm stuck in here, and I don't have my phone" on Wednesday. And while some figured the message was meant as a joke, police did eventually free a man stuck behind the... More »

Soon You'll Be Able to Withdraw Cash Without Debit Card

Wells Fargo updating all of its ATMs to add the feature

(Newser) - Wells Fargo plans to upgrade all 13,000 of its ATMs next week to allow customers to access their funds using their cellphones instead of traditional bank cards, the AP reports. The announcement was made by Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan on Tuesday at an employee town hall in Orlando.... More »

What a Woman Did When an ATM Kept Throwing Cash at Her

'It was like something out of a movie': Kristina Edwards, who returned her $380 windfall

(Newser) - The public might not be too happy with Wells Fargo right now, but Wells Fargo has good reason to be happy with one particular member of the public, per the AP . Pennsylvania's Kristina Edwards found herself in an awkward but potentially lucrative situation Sunday morning when one of the... More »

Daring ATM Heist: 100 Thieves, 3 Hours, $13M

It happened in 7-Elevens all around Japan

(Newser) - A purported organized-crime incident in Japan put the emphasis on "organized" in a crime that RT.com is labeling "Ocean's 100." Cops believe that more than 100 thieves took part in a spree in Tokyo and 16 other prefectures on May 15, cleaning out 7-Eleven ATMS... More »

It Now Costs More to Get Your Money From an ATM

Well, at an ATM not related to your bank, that is

(Newser) - Consider this: $4.52. No, it's not the price of a venti Frappuccino—it's what the average American is forking over this year for each time he or she uses an ATM that isn't part of their bank. The $4.52 is a sum of what your... More »

Guy Swipes $150K That ATM Workers Left on Curb

Whoops.

(Newser) - The cash might have been sitting right there for the taking, but cops are now looking for the man who yesterday swiped a bag filled with $150,000 from a curb in Mahwah, NJ, the AP reports. Police don't know who took the money yet, but they do know... More »

Thief Tries to Steal ATM ... With Stolen Forklift

Jacksonville police say forklift stolen overnight from construction site

(Newser) - Stealing an ATM by scooping it up with a forklift probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But whoever tried to pull the stunt in Florida on Monday failed and is now the subject of a police investigation, First Coast News reports. The creative thief pilfered a 10,... More »

ATMs Learn Self-Defense From Acid-Spraying Bug

Beetle's spray system offers model for cash machines

(Newser) - The ATM is getting a lesson in self-defense—from a bug. Researchers in Switzerland were inspired by the bombardier beetle, which shoots out a gas that can burn skin, the Atlantic reports. The beetle's mechanism works by mixing two chemicals normally kept separate in its abdomen. When under attack,... More »

US Gets First Bitcoin ATM

Machine in Austin will exchange the currency for cash

(Newser) - In Austin today, organizers were set to launch the country's first Bitcoin ATM. Similar machines in Boston and Albuquerque allow cash to be exchanged for Bitcoins—but this one also allows the digital currency to be exchanged for cash (although withdrawing cash can take as long as 10 minutes,... More »

ATM Error Lets Man Take $1.5M, Gamble It Away

Ronald Page faces 15 months in prison

(Newser) - Ronald Page didn't have much money in his Bank of America account, but on August 1, 2009, he was able to withdraw $312,000—and then, later that day, another $51,727. By August 18, due to a bank error that allowed him to withdraw unlimited amounts of cash,... More »

Thieves Dig 100 Feet to Steal ATM

But cash machine contained 'limited funds' at time of theft

(Newser) - Who says the work ethic is dead? Enterprising thieves in Manchester, England, dug a 100-foot-long, 4-foot-tall tunnel under a parking lot, then burrowed through 15 inches of concrete, all in order to steal an ATM machine. The scheme likely took up to six months and in the end it netted... More »

New Russian ATMs Can Spot Liars

System will eliminate need to interact with a person to get a credit card

(Newser) - Russia’s state-owned Sberbank is about to roll out ATMs with such ridiculously strong security features that customers will be able to get a new credit card without actually speaking to a human. The machines will have the ability to read fingerprints, scan passports, and take 3D images of a... More »

Banks Jack ATM Fees, Blame Reform

Chase is experimenting with a $5 fee for non-customers

(Newser) - If you’re far from an ATM belonging to your own bank, brace yourself to shell out a few bucks. Banks across the country are hiking ATM fees, Credit.com reports. Chase, for example, is charging non-customers $5 to use their ATMs in an Illinois pilot program—and that’s... More »

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