Bank customers queue round the block as cash machine pays out DOUBLE their money
14:43pm on 19th March 2008
Bank customers couldn't believe their luck when a cash machine began to double the money they requested.
Word quickly spread and from late yesterday afternoon to 8pm a large queue lined up to use the machine outside a Sainsbury's Local store in Hull, east Yorks.
The faulty machine finally ran out of notes at about 8pm.
Two for one: Customers queue outside the cash machine in Hull last night which paid out twice the amount requested before running out of cash
It is also believed that a number of cash machines outside supermarkets in Hull also experienced similar problems.
One man who did not wish to be named said: "I was driving past when I saw a huge queue of about 30 people at the cash machine.
"I parked up and learned that it was paying out double. I joined the queue and when I finally got to the front I drew out £200 but it gave me £400.
"The statement said I only drew out £200. I don't know whether I will have to pay it back."
Taxi driver David Mellors, 37, said he arrived at 7pm but by the time he got to the front, the cash machine had ran out of money.
"I was disappointed. It was the ultimate buy one get one free sale and I missed out," said the father of seven.
A spokesman for Sainsbury's said it had been alerted to the problem at about 8pm last night.
"We do not know how much the machine paid out at the moment but the matter is under investigation" she said.
One eye witness said: "It was really funny seeing all those people trying to get one over on the banks.
"They were walking away with huge wads of cash and big smiles on their faces.
"They were ringing their mates and telling them to get down quickly. It makes up for all the banks charges I guess. I hope they don't have to pay it back."