Tweets help citizens find functional ATMS

Published: 14th November 2016 12:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2016 03:14 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: While banks witnessed mad rush on Sunday as well, people continued their search for ATMs. Fortunately, for many, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter came handy. People from various localities exchanged information pertaining to ATMs that were functional in different parts of the city through tweets under the hashtag #OpenATMblr.

People stand in a serpentine queue in
front of a bank at Srirampura on Sunday
| s manjunath

The hashtag was first started in Mumbai. It was one Sandhya Ramesh who suggested that Bengaluru can follow the footsteps of Mumbai to help the citizens here. This is when tweets under #OpenATMblr started pouring in.
One such person who benefitted from the tweets was Venkat Krishna.

“I live in HSR Layout. When I was looking out for functional ATMs in 24th and 25th Main, I failed to spot any. I found all the ATMs closed although the banks were operating. Suddenly, I came across these tweets and someone said 27th Main had all the ATM’s working. I rushed to the spot, stood in the queue for half an hour and got my cash. I am so thankful to the person who tweeted. It saved me.”

The tweets were especially helpful for those heading outside the city. Biswajit Bhuyan, who was taking a train to Guwahati, said, “I have to spend three days and one night on the train and if I do not have cash, I will have to starve. The first time when I withdrew cash, I got a `2,000 note and nobody was able to give me change for that. But this time I got all `100s and I am so relaxed.”

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