In India, Rats Have a $19,000 Meal

Marco Green
June 24, 2018

At least one money-hungry rat broke into an ATM and chewed through almost $18,000 in cash, authorities in India said.

The rats munched through an estimated 1.2 million rupees (£13,000) worth of hard currency, local media reported.

District police superintendent Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta said bank officials checked the ATM last week only to find a "dead rat and shredded banknotes when it was opened", The Guardian reports.

The notes were in 500 rupee and 2,000 rupee denominations.

The rat had entered the ATM through a small hole for cables.

Officials at the State Bank of India (SBI) thought the machine was merely malfunctioning when patrons told them it was no longer dispensing money.

Rats nibbled through more than a million rupees of banknotes after busting into a cash machine in India.

SBI owns more than 50,000 ATMs in India, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, authorities have launched a full investigation into the incident and look to prevent it from happening again. The damaged money is pictured on June 19, 2018, in Tinsukia, India.

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