Newark, DE – An honest student returned $1,800 to the bank after it was mistakenly dispensed to him by a broken ATM.
Devon Gluck is a Maryland native and student at the University of Delaware. He’s also the most honest college kid I’ve heard of in a long time. He went to the on-campus ATM to get some cash and was given $1,800 by mistake. Instead of “investing” it in his weekend, Gluck opted to return the money to the bank, reports The Associated Press.
Gluck said that the on-campus ATM he used was making strange noises when he approached it to make his withdrawal last month. He paused, but went ahead with his transaction anyway. That’s when 18 $100 bills shot out at him.
“My eyes just opened really wide, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is $1,800 right here,’ ” Gluck told Delaware Online. “It’s pretty crazy.”
He took the money and brought it home, figuring he’d decide what to do with it later. He talked it over with his father, and made the decision to turn the money back in to the PNC bank that owns the faulty on-campus ATM.
“After a couple days of just thinking about it, the right thing would be just to return the money,” he said. “I mean, it was just eating at me at the time because it isn’t mine and I didn’t even know what to do with it.”
Gluck was “thanked” by a bank manager for returning the money, with a spokeswoman saying that the student whose account was missing $1,800 was properly refunded.
“Honesty is always the best policy when talking about money, and keeping money that you’re not authorized to have for any amount of time is unlawful,” she said.
Aside from simply doing the right thing, Gluck was hoping to maybe get some networking in as well.
“I kind of just thought maybe I can get something good out of this,” he said. “I’ll definitely feel better, and I’m looking into going into banking and finance, so I felt like this was a good opportunity to meet someone, get a good reference and do the right thing.”
Would you return $1,800 if it was mistakenly given to you by a broken ATM?