‘9-1-1’ Team Once Came to Rescue of Person Trapped in an ATM

by Kati Michelle

The beloved “9-1-1” squad has experienced some pretty precarious situations over the span of five seasons. In fact, it’s hard to remember them all. Season five of the show started off with a bang, featuring some apocalyptic scenes on the streets of Los Angeles. And before all the lions, tigers, and bears (oh my), the show channeled the famous Ben Stiller bathroom scene from “Along Came Polly” which is an entirely different type of apocalypse (this flick also features Alec Baldwin, by the way).

Between dating faux pas and wild zoo animals, though, there’s one storyline that just might have them beat when it comes to the biggest “WTF” moment. You might have even forgotten about it seeing as it happened back in Season 2. During Episode 4, the “9-1-1” team came to the rescue of a person trapped inside of an ATM.

A Lot of the ‘9-1-1’ Squad’s Work Has to Do With Getting the Stuck Unstuck

There’s that saying about getting stuck between a rock and a hard place. Well, this is more like getting stuck between a pile of cash and some tech. It’s a tight squeeze that will bring out the claustrophobia in anyone. During this particular episode of “9-1-1,” an ATM Technician got locked in the vault while doing routine work. Unfortunately, he also forgot his phone meaning help wouldn’t be so easy to find. Screaming wasn’t really an option either because the thick ATM walls muted his voice.

So, what’s a guy to do? In this instance, his Hail Mary came from an old school practice everyone remembers– passing notes. But that didn’t fare so well either. Several jaded customers ignored the notes he passed through the slot thinking it’s a prank. That is until the tech decided to hold their money hostage. He purposely halted withdrawals in their tracks until someone finally called 9-1-1 and he was freed.

So How Realistic Was This Plotline?

Several actors from the “9-1-1” show have applauded the writers and producers for their attempts to keep the show as realistic as possible. That being said, you don’t really hear about ATM rescues all that often. And while we’re on the topic, why do we call them “ATM Machines” anyway? The acronym stands for Automated Teller Machine so that seems a bit redundant, don’t you think?

Regardless, apparently several of these rescues take place every year. In fact, the show actually pulled the story idea from an ATM Technician in Texas that really did find himself in this situation. His official pleas for help read as follows:

“Please help. I’m stuck in here and I don’t have my phone. Please call my boss at 210-***-****.”

CBS reports that the man was freed after about two hours.