Tesco, apparently feeling a bit generous over the bumper year, gave out free money at one of its ATM outside its Cranford's store.
Don't get overly excited about it.
While Tesco's ATM did dispense free money, it claimed that it was due to a 'rare operational error'. Error or not, customers, after realising that that particular ATM was giving out double the stated withdrawal, quickly called their relatives and friends. Before long, a queue built up quickly. Tesco quickly shut the machine down upon discovering the malfunction but not before losing thousands of pounds (conflicting reports estimated loss between £3000 to £5000).
Tesco issued a statement saying that it would not reclaim the money lost. The following day, many London Lite readers were quick to point out that those who benefited from the faulty machine were downright dishonest.
As I was reading the article, I couldn't help but think whether I would have joined the queue as well. But Wife was horrified that I even thought about that. "Wouldn't that nag your conscience? That's tantamount to robbing the store." she chastised.
I don't know. Probably. But would you?