By:brightwebtv.com/nana asare barimah
At least one money-hungry rat broke into an ATM and chewed through nearly $18,000 in cash, authorities in India said.
Officials at the State Bank of India (SBI) thought the machine was merely malfunctioning when patrons told them it was no longer dispensing money.
It was “out of order” since May 20 — then technicians opened it.
Chandan Sharma, manager of the SBI branch in the town of Tinsukia in the northeastern state of Assam, told reporters “they were shocked to find shredded notes and a dead rat.”
Reports estimate the destroyed banknotes at between 1.2 and 1.3 million rupees ($17,662 to $19,000).
Police superintendent Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said the rat entered the machine through a hole intended for cables.
RATS CHEW UP ₹12 LAKHS IN CASH AT AN ATM IN TINSUKIA, ASSAM- THE OUT-OF-SERVICE ATM WAS LEFT LOCKED FOR A MONTH IN TINSUKIA, ASSAM (ATM MAINTENANCE STAFF RETRIEVED AROUND ₹17 LAKH IN UNDAMAGED NOTES WHEN THEY WENT TO SERVICE THE CASH MACHINE).
YES! THE RAT DID A FINE JOB OF MAKING A VERY EXPENSIVE NEST WORTH 12 LAKHS PIC.TWITTER.COM/SGLTEV1XUM
SBI has more than 50,000 ATMs spread across the country, Reuters reports.