I no longer use ATM's - i get whatever cash I think i may need at my bank when I make my deposits ,typically every 2-3 days.
Several years ago I pulled into a nearby drive thru atm - this particular atm is on the side of a building, with another building next to it. Being well lit, I had always considered it a safer place to stop - the only approaches being directly in front or behind.
There was a car in front of me so as I waited I got my card out etc. The car pulled up and so did I - the drive through ended on a somewhat busy street, I figured the car was waiting for clear traffic to pull out so I began my transaction when another car pulled in behind me. At about the same time, doors on both cars opened and a couple guys got out - the passenger in the fron car, not sure about the one behind. I hit the cancel button and rolled my windows up.
Guy in front is walking down the middle of the drive through.
My pistol comes out of the console and I put my truck in gear and start rolling forward. Guy in front stops, standing directly in front of a one ton chevy dully, I keep rolling. A few inches maybe less and the guy side steps and kicks my truck - I pull out, raking the side of his car, which is partially blocking the exit with the side of my bed and haul ass down the street. Thankfully the guys were either not armed or not in the mood to play show n tell, I stopped at the McFunkys down the street and called the cops - they showed up fairly quickly and told me that they had heard of a couple guys doing this in other areas but this was the first report locally. With the nice hip-high gouge down the side of their honda wagon - guy in front was quickly caught. Guy in back was identified but never caught.
Cops did remark that it takes a special kind of stupid to go nose to nose with a fully rigged out welding truck weighing in at 12,400 in nothing but your sagging shorts and teenyboppers.
I am conscious of my surroundings, I am armed, I am trained, I am human and I make mistakes. It was less than a seconds decision to pull up and wait at that ATM, and it could have turned out very differently. I was fortunate - I had a little blue paint on my welding bed, thats already a dozen different shades of black, and a couple hours of reports and testimony to sit through.
Millions of people use atms everyday I guess - I have no reason to be one of them.
Sounds like you handled it appropriately and helped the police stop them. Excellent job, maybe you should go hang out @ ATMs, liquor stores etc more?
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