Woman in China detained after tearing open ATM with bare hands, claiming it 'ate' her card

Police cordon off the damaged machine on Thursday.
Police cordon off the damaged machine on Thursday.PHOTO: CHINA DAILY/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The police detained a woman in North-east China's Changchun city for tearing open an ATM with her bare hands on Thursday after claiming it swallowed her debit card, Xinwenhua News reported.

However, a bank clerk said they found no cards within the machine.

The suspect was taken to a local mental facility after police ordered she undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

A witness said the woman, known only as Lin, began pounding the ATM at a subway exit, claiming the machine "ate" her card after failing several times to withdraw cash.

She pulled off the frame, and rolls of receipt paper could be seen inside the damaged machine.

Surveillance footage shows she managed to disassemble the machine within a matter of minutes.