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Contractor Stuck Inside Corpus Christi Bank Slips Note Through ATM Slot

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On Wednesday afternoon, a contractor went to a Bank of America in Corpus Christi to fix a faulty lock. While working in the ATM room, a space behind the ATMs that are built into the wall of the bank, he realized he was trapped inside without his phone. Since the bank was closed, the contractor knew he would have to get crafty in order to get someone’s attention.

FOX 4 reports that several customers using the ATM received a note out of the receipt slot. It read, “Please help. I’m stuck in here, and I don’t have my phone.” The note included a phone number and asked the recipient to call the contractor’s boss. At first, those who received the note thought it must be a joke or a “Candid Camera” situation, and they didn’t follow through with the request. Thankfully, one ATM user got the note and immediately noticed a police officer driving by and decided to flag them down.

According to the New York Times, the officer heard a faint voice on the other side of the wall. Since the contractor was trapped in a vault with an automatic lock (that he had just repaired), it was difficult to hear him yell. Three hours after the contractor became trapped, he was finally freed by police.

The contractor is reportedly embarrassed about the ordeal, but a spokesperson for the local police department says it wasn’t the first time something like this has happened.