Truth is Stranger than Fiction: The Talking ATM

No one can be trapped in an ATM, can they? (Image source: Pixabay)

No one can be trapped in an ATM, can they? (Image source: Pixabay)

When you write books, and weird stuff happens, people will sometimes say, this is too much. I can’t suspend my disbelief. Generally, as writers, we don’t want this to happen.

Oddly enough, the stuff that’s the weirdest, the stuff people call you out on, is often the stuff that actually happened and you thought would be fun to include in a fictional setting.

So, I thought I’d occasionally share an article where the truth sounds like fiction no one would believe. First up is the man trapped inside an ATM. Yes, ladies and gents, people trying to get money out of the ATM heard a faint voice begging for help, and got slipped a note saying, Help Me, please. I’m trapped. Naturally, assuming they were on Candid Camera or some type of show, they ignored it. Luckily, one person didn’t and our erstwhile ATM repairman (locked in while changing a lock), was rescued. You can read the full story in the Miami Herald.

About RJ Crayton

RJ Crayton is a former journalist who now writes fiction. She's reported for the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, as well as the smaller publications Education Technology News and Campus Crime. She has two published novels, Life First and Second Life and blogs for Indies Unlimited and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. For exclusive content and first looks at her new work, sign up for the newsletter at
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