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Boy, 11, hands over £400 after cash machine starts handing out notes

A boy handed over £400 to supermarket staff after a cash machine started churning out notes when he was fiddling with the buttons.

Jack Greenhalgh, 11, was playing with a cash machine at an Asda store when it started handing out cash – which added up to £400 in total, the MEN reports.

Jack instantly decided to tell staff.

He said: “I thought the machine was out of order and I just pressed a couple of buttons messing about.

“Next thing it just started beeping and all of a sudden lots of money started coming out. I thought is this some sort of magic ATM or something.

“A cleaner was near the lift so I told her and then a security guard came down from the next floor.”

He added: “I’m not that kind of person to do theft. I’m not stupid and I wouldn’t just take money like that. It’s just wrong. This person has got a lot of money out and it could be their life savings.”

Jack, whose two pals urged him to hand the money in too, phoned his mum from the precinct near the Swinton store to tell her what had happened.

Donna said: “He rang me and said he’d found a lot of money, I said ‘what do you mean?’ He told me what had happened and that he’d handed it in, I said ‘that’s brilliant’.

“If he’d have come home with it, it just wouldn’t have been right. He wouldn’t have slept anyway. That’s the kind of kid he is, he wears his heart on his sleeve.

“It could have belonged to an old lady, or an old man and it could have been anything – a child’s birthday or Christmas money.

“I’m proud of him for doing the right thing.”

Jack was rewarded with a £10 gift voucher from Asda, which he’s already spent on a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, some football cones, a drink, some sweets and a bar of a chocolate for his grandad Jack, who helped him during lockdown.

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