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Written by Admin on June 15, 2010

A surefire way to save money is to come face-to-face with an ATM which, for one reason or another, immediately repels you. Maybe the machine is empty; worse still, maybe it only contains denominations that are worth more than your entire balance, thus making it impossible for you to withdraw your last note, or maybe the machine is vandalised to the point where it’s physically impossible to press any buttons.

Here are five unaccommodating ATMs, all set to save you money for reasons less common.


Melli ATM
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To begin we have an ATM installed by the Iranian bank, Melli, which is inaccessible to all human beings measuring less than 7ft in height unless accompanied by a stepladder. Whoever green-lit the stunningly shortsighted placement of this cash machine should be applauded for bringing smiles to so many passers-by, and then swiftly reprimanded for failing to forward-think at all.


Windows ATM
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Approaching an ATM only to be faced with a windows dialog box really wouldn’t instil confidence in a customer; there’s something worryingly unprofessional about such an occurrence, particularly when said dialog box is prompting you to activate the version of Windows upon which the cash machine is run. It would be funnier if it weren’t so sloppy.


ATM for Short People
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As with the aforementioned Iranian example, the geniuses behind the installation of this ATM had little regard for the people actually tasked with using such a machine to withdraw money. The solution, should you be desperate to get your hands on your cash, is either to sit down in a similar fashion to the gentleman pictured or ask your child to do the work for you.


Container ATM
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Nothing screams ‘trustworthy banking facility’ like a cash machine placed at the back of a shipping container. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for adaptive reuse and in fact I’m sure the ATM pictured is legit, but you wouldn’t find me walking into such a structure to withdraw cash unless I was incredibly desperate. Imagining the sound of a steel door closing behind me as I tapped away on the keypad would be far too much for my nerves.


Busy ATM
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Queueing – especially at a cash machine in front of other fidgeting people who are peering over your shoulder – is a pastime most of us are familiar with, and one which very few people could possibly enjoy. If you are one of those affected by such situations, be thankful you weren’t present at this ATM in Masalli, Azerbaijan, when the photo was taken, and be particularly thankful you weren’t the person attempting to withdraw cash at that very moment.


Equation ATM
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Okay, so it’s not real, but it’s an amusing example of ‘culture jamming’ that would possibly confuse the less astute customer at a weak moment. Now where did I put that calculator..?


  1. 8

    December 2nd, 2010

    candida smith – Sorry to necro-post, but you’re brilliant! By which, I suppose I mean, “You think similarly to me, so you must be intelligent!” Ha ha.

    Um. Ahem. Yes.

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    Gary James
    July 4th, 2010

    The Shipping Container ATM is real, and surves a purpose.

    Guessing by the look of it, it is installed temporarily at an event such as a carnival or fair, where it would not pay to have one permanently installed, or could be taken with the show.

    I have been to a couple shows like that, and they had mobile ATMs in trailers. They just need power and wireless connection.

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    July 2nd, 2010

    That last one would be funnier if that equation made even the slightest amount of sense.

    Hmmm, may have been doing too much maths lately…

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    July 1st, 2010

    Actually for the last one, the solution is quite easy. As we don’t get the necessary information required to solve it to get a limited number of results, the result is that “not enough information to solve the equation”, which in a matematical point of view is totally correct.

  5. 4

    June 30th, 2010

    this is bad, is very funy you know

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    June 29th, 2010

    candida = thrush. Snigger.

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    yeah yeah
    June 29th, 2010

    Actually candida, I’m not rich. I need to save money. And I do it by… wait, wtf is your point? What are you even saying? Rich people have money? You’re not saying ANYTHING.

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    candida smith
    June 28th, 2010

    the only true way to save money at the atm is to NOT put money in the bank in the first place or just not have a card…that would solve that. i know im being flip but really who can save $$ these days except those rich people who dont even need the savings but get it because their ship doesnt stink.

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