Bank error in your favour!
When I was 9, I found a $20 note on the ground.
Back then, it was an astronomical amount of money for a nine year old. And as I glimpsed it, beneath a moving crowd, I stopped dead in my tracks, staring and pointing until mum yelled ‘Just pick it up!’.
Then, something even better happened. Mum said I could keep the money. Suddenly, I was rich. I clutched it in my sweaty little hand all night. I put it lovingly in a black case and checked on it every day. And then when my birthday came around, I spent it on an extravagant doll from Big W.
I can’t remember the doll, or what happened to it. But I still remember that dirty orange note and the way it made me feel: happy, rich, and oh-so-lucky.
So yesterday, when Commonwealth banks spewed free cash in a computer glitch, I couldn’t help but marvel at the thought.
You see, if the Commonwealth Bank came running to me, asking for that money back, I’d show them the Community Chest Monopoly card above.
I doubt they’d see the funny side.
News reports say they’ve warned customers that those that took liberties with the ATM will not get away with it.
That they “will be following up on those customers to get our money back” and that customers had an obligation to repay any funds withdrawn.
But I reckon the Commonwealth Bank are going about it all the wrong way, because this could be the greatest marketing opportunity of all time.
Think about the rush of Sportsbet, the lure of pokies, the dream that we all have to win lotto. We’re a punting nation and despite the statistics being stacked against us, it doesn’t stop us having a crack.
So I reckon if the banks could “glitch” more often, they might see a groundswell of customer support.
It might just be a cheeky $50 instead of a $20. It might not happen to you, but a friend of yours. And the day it does happen? It would make.your.day.
I understand that money laundering and fraud are serious business. But for police to charge one of these faulty ATM operators with “dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception” is a bit rich. I mean, isn’t that what we all think banks have made a big fat business out of?
Here we have these big four posting multi-million dollar profits. What’s a bit off the top for the goodwill of their customers? Don’t tell me they can’t afford it.
If I drop a $20 on the ground and a wide-eyed nine year old picks it up, I accept that’s my loss.
Maybe banks should see it the same way and give someone that loving feeling.
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