Pattaya ATM fault produces cash windfall

Boonsong Poolsukserm (wearing the cap) waits for Pattaya police to count the money that he returned as it exceeded his withdrawal order at an ATM of Siam Commercial Bank in South Pattaya, Chon Buri, on Tuesday. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

PATTAYA – A hotel employee rushed to the Pattaya City police station Tuesday afternoon and gave it 69,000 baht in excess of his withdrawal from a local ATM.

Boonsong Poolsukserm, a 57-year-old employee at D Beach Pattaya Hotel, told police after he input his withdrawal request for about 1,000 baht, the ATM of Siam Commercial Bank at the Khwai Klang Muang flea market on Thep Prasit Road of South Pattaya churned out 69,000 baht more than he requested. The incident happened at about 3pm.

He handed the cash to Pol Capt Suphan Sophee, an interrogator at the station. The latter counted the money, took photos, recorded the case and then contacted a bank official to take the cash.

Local police believed the incident resulted from a defect in the computer system of the ATM.

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