LONDON — Police were called to restore order after an ATM 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. Emma Hutchinson, from Ipswich, told the Ipswich Star: “Word got around pretty quickly.