Let me preface this by saying I'm extremely pissed off and this is not a story about pickpockets, rather an actual ABM machine screwing up (in my mind anyways).
Anyways, a couple minutes ago I went to a local ABM machine here in Athens to take out money. I won't mention the bank, but it is a pretty common bank here, and they had an office inside, so it wasn't just a standalone machine. Everything is going along smoothly and as you would expect until the money comes out of the machine. At first, the machine appeared to give 50 euros less than expected. As I'm counting the money I realize I'm missing 50 euros, so I take a look at the money dispenser to ensure that I got everything. I notice that there seems to be a 50 euro bill there kind of lodged backward and not sticking out of the machine. I lift up the cover a little to grab the bill lying there and as soon as I get my fingers on it, the machine sucks the bill back up. I grab the receipt and look at it to find that it states 50 euros more than I actually received.
So as you can expect, I'm pretty annoyed at this point. I'm at a bank that's closed and in a city whose language I don't speak. I saw people still inside the bank so I knocked rather gently. Someone came to the door, but they didn't speak much English, so they went to get someoene who did. She informed me that the system automatically makes sure that it will inform my bank that I did not receive the full amount I took out and this should be corrected within a week. Hesitantly, I say OK, and ask for a card so I know the bank's name. She kindly gives one to me.
I get back to my apartment and immediately check online the transaction to find out that indeed the machine did charge my bank account 50 euros more than I actually received. I call my bank and they tell me that some machines will make sure that they gave out the right amounts and that they need to wait 24 hours to open an investigation. They told me that I should see 50 euros in my bank account within 24 hours, and if I don't, they will open an investigation tomorrow.
Do any of you have any thoughts, or similar experiences with something like this? I'm pretty annoyed at this whole deal. It's not something I like dealing with while traveling as you may expect.