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$1,800 ATM mistake: Devon Gluck Returns Money Dispensed by Malfunctioning ATM



Devon Gluck Returns Money Dispensed by Malfunctioning ATM

Devon Gluck Returns Money Dispensed by Malfunctioning ATM

Student Returns Money Dispensed by Malfunctioning ATM

A student attending the University of Delaware in Newark recently had his integrity tested when a malfunctioning ATM machine mistakenly dispensed $1800 in $100 bills when he went to make a small withdrawal from his account.

Devon Gluck says he took the money dispensed by mistake and spent several days mulling over the right thing to do.

Speaking to the The News Journal, Devon, who is studying finance, said he could do nothing but stare at his pay-out. ‘My eyes just opened really wide, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is $1,800 right here, it’s pretty crazy.’

Many friends encouraged him to keep the money to help pay the hefty $27,000 annual tuition fees at the University, while others said the money was a sign that he should use it on a holiday to Great Britain.

Gluck, a resident of Maryland, also sought the wise counsel of his father and he ultimately decided that the right thing to do was to return the money to PNC Bank to alert them of their error.

He did just that, enabling another student’s account which had been charged for the withdrawal to be correctly credited. Honesty and a clear conscious was Gluck’s only reward because he reports that although he received a genuine thank you from the manager of the bank, he did not receive any tangible sign of gratitude such as a reward for returning money he could easily have kept.

PNC spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel could not comment on the details of the incident but did confirm that a student had returned money that had been dispensed by the ATM.

“Honesty is always the best policy when talking about money, and keeping money that you’re not authorized to have for any amount of time is unlawful,” Zwiebel said.

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