Old Bank of Bhutan Premises A 25-year-old man smashed the screen of an automatic teller machine (ATM) at the old Bank of Bhutan premises, Thimphu, after his ATM card got stuck in the machine without dispensing cash.
The incident occurred at around 1:45am yesterday, according to records with the city police.
The man, a contract teacher, was apprehended by the bank’s G4S security, who called police to report the incident.
Police officials said the man was drunk when the incident happened. “He’d smashed the screen with a rock,” a police official said.
The statement of the accused to the police stated he hit the screen with a rock since he was frustrated with the ATM’s service. “He said his ATM card was in the machine,” the police official said. “We checked with the bank officials and the card was found in the ATM.”
The contract teacher might be charged for malicious mischief. An ATM costs about Nu 800,000.
With the ATM, located in the heart of town out of service, BoB set up its mobile ATM at the bank’s premises, and also provided teller services.
By Nima Wangdi