Bank ATM machines glued shut – Downtown Portland

 

From Fox12 Oregon. Nov 18. w/ a video report.

Vandals damage ATMs with superglue

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Vandals targeted ATMs in downtown Portland following a day of protests against economic inequality and corporate banks.

Five ATMs were vandalized with superglue during the overnight hours.

Wells Fargo officials say the vandals damaged three of their ATMs in downtown Portland, while Bank of America had two machines targeted.

Crews were called in to fix the machines on Friday afternoon.

Customers reacted to the damage with dismay.

“I don’t think it’s good because I think the general public, average people, has to use the ATMs on a daily basis. I don’t think it’s fair for one group of people to ruin it for the rest,” says bank customer Nick Dolman.

No one has taken credit for the damage, but it’s suspected that demonstrators with the Occupy Portland movement could be behind it.

 

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From KOIN Local6. Nov 18.

Vandals use super glue on downtown ATMs

Local vandals hit the Bank of America of Southwest 5th and Stark in Downtown Portland Friday Morning.

But of course, no one noticed it when they first walked up to the ATMs.

“I put my card in this machine I tried to push the numbers but the number six was sticking. I canceled the transaction and I tried the other one and it did the same,” said Sharon Groce.

Groce got the worst of it–her card was deactivated and when she got it back it came out covered in super glue, she said.

It will be a week before Groce can get a new card.

“This is not the answer–they are not hurting anyone but the people who work,” said Groce.

While we were making a sign to alert Bank of America customers not to use the ATMs two other people came up.

“The buttons wouldn’t work then you guys jumped in and said don’t do it–you’ll get your card de-activated,” said Dave Livingston.

Friday morning’s vandalism, a day after other acts of Occupy Portland protest against downtown banks, frustrated Livingston.

“I assume this is part of the protest but it seems like that’s not going to cause a lot of social change gluing buttons,” said Livingston.

The actions of protesters continue to impact everyday people.

“I am not a happy woman–if you want to make change do it at the ballot box,” said Groce.

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