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Snake slithers out of ATM

By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Posted: 12 pm ET

A bank customer in Llodio, Alava, Spain, recently received quite a shock when "a snake came slithering out of the slot of a cash machine when he withdrew his money," according to a report by Euro Weekly News.

The incident reportedly happened at a Caja Madrid bank branch around 8 a.m. local time, when the customer stopped off to get some cash before he went to work. According to the news report, the man grabbed the cash and then alerted local authorities, who, together with the bank manager, discovered the machine's cash-dispensing mechanism had ensnared the reptile.

The snake was freed, boxed and taken to an animal shelter.

Whether the snake entered the ATM of its own volition or was introduced as a prank isn't known.

A 47-second Spanish-language video of the snake emerging from the ATM has been posted on YouTube and viewed several hundred times.

Snakes apparently aren't the only animals familiar with ATMs, judging by other YouTube videos. One shows what can only be described as a stunt bird flying up to a fake ATM, possibly made of cardboard, pecking at the screen, and then picking up a bill with its beak and flying back to its handler in a stage show. Cue audience applause.

Yet another video shows an assistance dog named Renae helping her owner Margie, a cerebral palsy sufferer, perform everyday tasks, such as removing Margie's shoes and socks -- and, you guessed it, getting cash from an ATM.

Okay, so Renae doesn't actually insert the plastic or punch the numbers, but the dog does take the money out of the slot and mouth it over to Margie, hopefully without much slobber. According to the video, Renae is trained to follow more than 100 commands.

Whether these stories are legit., we honestly don't know. Either way, the snake tale is a cautionary intersection of nature, man and machine. The bird and dog stories are, well we have to say it, just darned cute.

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42 Comments
julio merida
December 31, 2011 at 12:32 pm

same time ego samebody grow sneke for 18 year and the snake rolin him on hes living room and he dead for no air

James Graham
December 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Coburn Details $7 Billion in Waste from 100 Dumb Projects
Posted: 21 Dec 2011 05:03 AM PST
At some point we will need to go beyond merely cutting waste, fraud, and abuse. We will eventually have to wind down the welfare state and close government departments and agencies. However, there is no reason we shouldn’t demand an immediate bipartisan effort to eliminate programs that are just plain dumb, even according to Democrat socialist ideology.
Nobody has been more assiduous and instrumental in identifying silly government projects than Senator Tom Coburn. Yesterday, Senator Coburn released his annual “Wastebook” profiling 100 “unnecessary, duplicative, or just plain stupid projects spread throughout the federal government.” The total cost of these programs is $6.9 billion. Cutting these programs would only account for roughly 40 hours of our debt, but why spend a penny on this stuff?
Here are some of the greatest hits:
 $120 million in retirement and disability benefits to federal employees who have died
 $30 million to help Pakistani Mango farmers
 $550,000 for a documentary about how rock music contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union
 $10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street” for Pakistan
 $764,825 to examine how college students use mobile devices for social networking.
 $113,227 for a video game preservation center in New York
 $765,828 to subsidize a “pancakes for yuppies” program in Washington, D.C.
 $100,000 for a celebrity chef show in Indonesia
 $175,587 for a study on the link between cocaine and the mating habits of quail
 $606,000 for a study about online dating
 $17.80 Million in Foreign Aid to… China – (Department of State & U.S. Agency for International Development)
 The Super-Bridge to Nowhere – (Alaska) $15.3 Million
Yes, this is mere pocket change; we will not balance the budget by eliminating these preposterous projects. Nevertheless, they reveal just how apathetic our lawmakers are in handling public funds. They are also emblematic of the ridiculous budget process that has been in place in recent years. If we are going to pass 1200-page bills that fund the entire government with such short notice, we will invariably continue to fund these projects.
Coburn’s report gives us another 100 reasons why we should never pass omnibus bills.

joe
December 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Get a clue all polititions are snakes. 30 years of Raygun-nomics have got us to where we are today but joe sixpack still can't figure it out because he listens to Rush Lintballs who makes 25 mil. a year of you suckers.

MalikTous
December 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Quit insulting the snakes, even they won't have anything to do with Nazi Pelosi! Besides, nonvenomous snakes are the best way of eliminating disease carrying filthy rodents (like Pelosi, Reid, or Schumer) and the reptiles aren't likely to significantly harm real humans.

Terrance
December 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

That's what happens when you are broke.

Rob
December 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

Now, how did Nancy Pelosi get in there?

sanyoma
December 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm

A couple of months ago, a snake emerged from a banking hall on a Sunday afternoon and was alleged to have held a conversation with onlookers about its mission to the bank! Guess what? The snake was there to look for money. This took place in a town called Benin City.

William
December 13, 2011 at 4:48 am

Banks are run by serpents.

Frankiev
December 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I suggest Marqboy review Herman Cain 's resume. He is much more than just a community organizer.

John Carroll
December 09, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Some years back, a man found a low-tech telephone lying in the street in Paris. He picked it up and put it to his ear (go figure), whereupon a small, non-venomous snake emerged from the phone and bit him on the ear. Strange but apparently true.