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ATM Glitch Gives Detroit Man Access to 1.5 Million – And He Gambles it Away [POLL]

There's no such thing as free money. (flickr, Tracy O)

What do you do if every time you go to the ATM, it allows you to take out as much money as you want? If you’re Ronald Page of Detroit, you lose it all gambling.

Thanks to a “bank error” in his favor, Page, a man with only $300 in his Bank of America account at the time, was able to withdraw a total of 1.5 million dollars between December 1st, 2008 and May 31st, 2009.

The natural question here is, “how in the world did that happen?” According to the story on Yahoo! News, the glitch began when his account info was being transferred to Bank of America after they acquired Page’s original banking institution, LaSalle Bank.

Prosecutors in the case say Page could face up to 15 months in prison although it could have been much worse if he had a prior record. They also are on record saying his crime is the result of a “lapse in judgement“.

Whoa, whoa, WHOA!

A “lapse in judgement”? Sorry, but a lapse in judgement is when my kids do something they know they shouldn’t just to see if they get away with it. This is a 55-year-old man we’re talking about here who knowingly took money that wasn’t his…repeatedly! I’m not saying they should throw the book at him, but according to Michigan state law, stealing anything worth over $1,000 is grand theft and can carry a ten year prison term.

I’ll admit the thought of keeping the money if it were to happen to me would be tempting, but I freak out when I hit an extra zero when taking twenty bucks out of the ATM. I can’t get the extra money back in quick enough. Even if this were to happen to me, it would take me about five minutes (if that) for my conscious to kick in and make me feel guilty. Damn you honest personality!

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