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Contractor finds himself stuck in ATM, slips notes to customers

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A customer was passed a note from a contractor stuck inside an ATM. (KRIS) A customer was passed a note from a contractor stuck inside an ATM. (KRIS)
The Bank of America ATM in downtown Corpus Christi, TX (KRIS) The Bank of America ATM in downtown Corpus Christi, TX (KRIS)
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"We have a once in a lifetime situation that you will probably never see or hear again," said Corpus Christi Police Senior Officer Richard Olden.

Officer Olden is talking about the rescue of a contractor that got stuck while fixing an ATM room at a Bank of America.

On Wednesday, police say the contractor was changing a lock inside the room that connects to the ATM. He managed to leave his phone in the truck, so he was unable to call for help when he found himself locked in.

Since the ATM still works, people were stopping by to get cash, and the contractor decided to slip out notes through the receipt slot stating,"Please Help. I'm stuck in here, and I don't have my phone. Please call my boss."

Officer Olden said people thought it was a joke, but someone took it seriously and called the police.

"We come out here, and sure enough we can hear a little voice coming from the machine. So we are thinking this is a joke. It's got to be a joke," Olden said.

It turns out it was true, and the employee said afterward he got stuck changing out an electronic lock. Later the contractor supervisor arrived, and police had to kick down a door to get the gentlemen out of the ATM room.

Olden says,"Everyone is okay, but you will never see this in your life, that somebody was stuck in the ATM, it was just crazy."

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