He passed notes through the ATM receipt slot to customers retrieving cash.
Numerous note-recipients thought the help request was a joke, but someone did eventually call police and the man was freed. I'm stuck in here, and I don't have my phone. "It's got to be a joke", Senior Officer Richard Olden said.
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One customer who received a note showed it to a police officer passing by, which prompted a call to the boss and a rescue operation.
"The poor guy was just mortified", Pena said. Something about the room, though, must have muffled the sound, police said.
No one was harmed, but a few traumatized ATM users may think twice the next time they reach for the receipt slot.