Rats with expensive tastes invaded an ATM machine in northeastern India and chewed up over $17,000 worth of rupee banknotes.
After State Bank of India customers in Tinsukia, Assam reported a malfunctioning ATM machine to the bank, it took several weeks before technicians arrived to conduct repairs. The delay proved to be rather costly.
When the techies finally opened the money machine, they were confronted by the mangled remains of approximately 1.2 million rupees worth of 500- and 2,000-rupee banknotes valued at roughly $17,600. It was obviously an inside job and one of the perpetrators – a well-fed but deceased rat – was discovered at the scene, surrounded by shredded bills.
“We've checked and there is no other criminal or conspiracy angle to the incident,” explained district police superintendent Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta. “It looks like the rats entered the machine through a small opening for some wires.”
The rats escaped the ATM the same way they entered, except for one member of the gang whose gluttony proved to be its undoing. On the bright side, the ATM repair techies were able to recover about 1.7 million worth of uneaten rupee banknotes valued at just over $25,000. Bank machine customers will find these notes to be usable though they might look a tad ratty. (via Akahi News and Spilled News)