An ATM in Corpus Christi, Texas, was, in addition to money, dispensing a note, for some time on Wednesday. The message in the note read: "Please help. I'm stuck in here and I don't have my phone. Please call my boss at 210-***-****.
Many people took it for a prank and walked away, but the contractor trapped inside was hoping someone would take his plea seriously.
Finally someone did but not before it had been about two hours since the man started writing the note.
Police too initially thought it was as a prank, but when they arrived on the scene and approached the ATM, they could hear a faint voice calling to them from inside.
"We come out here, and sure enough we can hear a little voice coming from the machine," Corpus Christi Police Officer Richard Olden told CBS affiliate KZTV. "So we are thinking this is a joke. It's got to be a joke."
But the man explained to the police officers that he accidentally locked himself into a small room connected to the machine while changing the lock. He did not have his keycard or phone with him and was unable to contact any of the Bank of America employees inside.