A Bank Says Their ATM Gave A Woman $11,000 For Free, Now They Want Her To Pay It Back

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If you need a good laugh this week we have just the thing, because this story is too good to be true.

A bank from Wichita, Kansas is taking one of its customers to court, after they say she was given free money by one of their ATMs.

In a lawsuit, the Central National Bank says that Christina Ochoa discovered one of their automated tellers was malfunctioning, and took advantage of the error.

The Lucky ATM

Get this: they say that the machine was giving out $100 bills instead of $5 bills, and that Ochoa made 50 withdrawals from the machine last month after realizing it.

They claim that Ochoa withdrew $1,488, but was given $14,120, and they're asking her to pay back $11,600 of her ill-gotten gains.

Wichita's Central National Bank.Google Maps

Who gets the money?

If you ask me, there's no way you should have to pay back the bank for their machine's mistake, but Central National doesn't see it that way.

“The first time the ATM dispensed more money than what was due ... Christina and [her mother] Christy had a duty to return the surplus funds to the bank," they said in the lawsuit.

"Not only did they fail to (do) so, but they capitalized on the situation by making a series of over 50 structured withdrawals, most within minutes of each other, and transacted at all hours of the night in order to expose Central to more loss."

But wait - this story gets even better.

Ochoa's defense is that she didn't get any extra money, and she's challenging the bank to prove it! Her excuse is pretty interesting...

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