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Faulty cashpoint payments could be theft

As hundreds of people queued at a cash machine in Stratford on Thursday to collect double their money, a number of legal experts have come out suggesting that those involved could well be charged with theft. At the time and money has never been tighter, many people in the Stretford area took advantage of this short-term glitch, which has now been rectified, to double their money and take some pressure off their everyday lives.

The machine itself was a Nationwide cashpoint at the BP garage on Barton Road where apparently £20 notes had been stored in the £10 "pouch". It is estimated that the error could cost nationwide upwards of £10,000, such was the demand in the area, although they will be well aware of customers who took advantage of this fault and will likely start proceedings to retrieve the money in due course.

So while Christmas came late for a number of residents in Stratford they could well pay the price further down the line and possibly face legal prosecution if they fail to comply with any request from Nationwide. While this is not the first time faulty cash machines have paid out substantial amounts of money it would appear that technology has now moved on and those customers involved can probably expect contact from Nationwide in the short term.

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