Some pocketed hundreds after withdrawing the maximum of £300 on multiple cards and getting the same amount again each time for free. The problem arose after an employee accidentally loaded the £10 tray with £20 notes. It was not revealed how much money had been lost or how many people had taken out cash.
A spokesman for the supermarket could not confirm whether customers would be pursued for the money on this occasion, but on previous occasions banks have said customers are not liable when errors of this nature occurred. One office worker, who did not wish to be named, said he became aware of the blunder in Tottenham Court Road when he went to get cash out at lunchtime yesterday.
'I checked my statement online and it was only showing the amount we had asked for, not what was paid out. It was the best thing in the world.'
The cash machine was finally closed down when a customer reported the problem to the supermarket. The spokesman said: 'We're only human, so on very rare occasions ATMs can be loaded with the incorrect cash which means a few lucky customers get more than they bargained for.