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ATM with double-cash glitch cleared out by customers

By Ben Hooper
ATM with double-cash glitch cleared out by customers
An ATM at a British supermarket glitched and gave out "free money." Photo by 1000 Words/Shutterstock.com

MANCHESTER, England, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A British supermarket's in-house bank is assessing losses after an ATM glitched and dispensed "free money" to customers.

The cash machine at the Tesco store in the Fallowfield area of Manchester, England, accumulated a long line Wednesday evening when shoppers discovered it was giving out double the requested amounts of cash and announced the "free money" on social media.

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Tesco Bank said the glitch was caused by a service provider.

The bank said the ATM was completely emptied of cash by customers and the bank is working to assess its losses.

"We're putting right the error made by the cash machine and will have it up and running normally again as soon as possible," Tesco spokesman Mark Thomas told the BBC.

A London ATM labeled "Super Rich Cash Machine" gave out more than $16,000 in free money in September of last year, but that incident was revealed to be a publicity stunt by a bookmaker rather than a glitch.

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