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British ATM allows users to double their money
英國提款機 要五毛給一塊

Customers queue to use an automated teller machine outside a Banco Popular Espanol SA bank branch in Madrid, Spain on Oct. 3.
顧客們十月三日在西班牙馬德里的Banco Popular Espanol SA銀行一處自動提款機前,排隊提款。

Photo: Bloomberg
照片:彭博社

Police were called to restore order after a bank automated teller machine in eastern England started dispensing twice the money its customers were asking for.

The Lloyds TSB cash machine in the town of Ipswich began dispensing “free money” to customers on Wednesday after the bank branch had closed for the evening.

As word spread of the glitch, a crowd began to gather, prompting arguments among those trying to use the machine.

Police were called in to keep watch until the bank’s staff could take it out of service.

A Lloyds spokesman said the machine had been “misdispensing” cash for only a short time.

Some 30 people are thought to have benefited from the glitch. It is not clear how much money the bank lost, or if it will be able to recover the funds.

Lloyds Banking Group, which sought a massive bailout from the British government during the financial crisis, said that it had cut interim net losses to 676 million pounds on the back of restructuring measures.

One Twitter user, @FizzySparkler, commented: “Nice to see one bank is giving back.”

(AFP)

英格蘭東部一家銀行,因自動提款機發生儲戶提領多少額度,就吐出雙倍金錢的狀況後,召來警察以恢復秩序。

駿懋銀行的這部提款機位於伊普斯威奇小鎮,該銀行分行週三晚關門後,提款機就開始向儲戶發送「意外之財」。

故障的消息傳開後,越來越多的人蜂擁而至,試圖從提款機領錢的人還為此發生爭吵。

警察被召來維護現場秩序,直到銀行工作人員讓該提款機停止服務。

駿懋銀行發言人稱,該提款機「誤送」現鈔只持續很短時間。

據信約有三十人因這個故障情況而獲利。銀行損失多少錢,或是否能回收這些錢,目前尚不清楚。

駿懋銀行集團在金融危機期間曾向英國政府尋求巨額紓困,該集團稱其在實施重組措施後,已將中期淨虧損額減至六點七六億英鎊。

推特用戶@FizzySparkler評論說:「能看見一家銀行把錢吐回來真好。」

(法新社/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. glitch n.

故障 (gu4 zhang4)

例: There is a glitch in the computer program somewhere.

(這電腦程式裡大概有某個地方發生故障。)

2. bailout n.

紓困 (shu1 kun4)

例: Greece has a total public debt of over 350 billion euros, and was twice forced to obtain bailout funds from the European Union and International Monetary Fund to stave off bankruptcy.

(希臘的公債總額超過三千五百億歐元,同時二度被迫接受歐盟與國際貨幣基金的紓困,以免於破產。)

3. interim adj.

中期的;臨時的 (zhong1 qi2 de5; lin2 shi2 de5)

例: Interim management is the temporary provision of management resources and skills.

(臨時管理是管理資源與技能暫時性的辦法。)


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