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A 39-year-old woman was cautioned by police after she unleashed what officers described as a "senseless" attack on an ATM. The woman, who has not been named, was caught on CCTV approaching the device in Market Place, Chippenham, removing one of her stilettos and striking the dumb beast almost 50 times with the pointy shoe. …


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  1. Anonymous Coward


    I'm. Just. Speechless.

    Utterly aghast.

    Is it something in the water, these days?

    These people can't even be described as the spawn of Satan or evil. Because THEY would have better things to do with their time.

    1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

      Whoa, Craiggy ...

      ... that is serious overreaction. Someone hit an inanimate object - not good, but certainly not as bad as you are painting it. Save those terms for people that really deserve it, eh?

  2. John Lilburne

    With that degree ferocity one can only assume someone had stuck a picture of George Osbourne over the front of the ATM.

    1. Elmer Phud

      As it's from the Telegraph I'd have thought they'd recognise a popular Middle Eastern form of showing displeasure.

      Either that or the argument about 'sandal' or 'gourd' still hasn't been settled.

  3. Titus Technophobe
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    Techno Rage

    The age old story, mind a bit harsh from Chippenham police. To be fair she should get a commendation. I can only think she is expressing her disapproval of the outrageous bonus culture prevalent in modern day banking.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      I work in a bank, and the last I noticed, I had:

      - no bonus

      - no pay rise

      - less benefits

      - more responsibility (as most of my colleagues get outsourced - poorly - to India)

      - more paperwork

      - industry average pay

      - more tax

      - and finally, more hours and stress (mainly from having to integrity-check ATM's, vandalised by narrow-minded tossers who think that everyone who works at a bank is a bonus-swilling rogue trader with zero morals.

      Outrageous bonus culture? Only for the privileged few...just like in every other blue chip.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        That you are only a cog in an evil machine

        does not make the machine any less evil.

        -Fellow cog in a different evil machine with most of the same disadvantages.

      2. Mips

        Unlike some

        You are lucky to have a job!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Unlike some

          >You are lucky to have a job

          I never consider myself lucky to have a job. I consider my employer lucky that I am working for them.

  4. sebacoustic

    expensive night out

    paying out for the damage on the ATM as well as all that booze she clearly must have had...

  5. Alain Moran

    Never mind being caught on CCTV, I would imagine they have her bank details already anyway!

  6. LuMan

    Not an attack...

    ..she just wanted to show the bank she had a sole....

    ..yep, I'm off.

  7. I'm Brian and so's my wife

    Offense is the best defence

    It was just a pre-emptive strike before they rise up. When will the authorities realise the danger we're all in?

    1. Silverburn

      Was she called...

      ...Sarah Connor?

      No wonder she was so buff in T2 - she'd been working out by smashing every ATM in America...

  8. My Alter Ego

    Oh, that kind of stiletto

    I've been reading too many Bond books recently.

  9. Ted Treen

    Obviously a simple sole, down on her uppers who now feels a bit of a heel.

    I suppose she could stand for election - and it would be a shoe-in...

    Coat & Taxi please...

    1. Tom 13

      Better make it an armored taxi

      Possibly with escort. Just in case all those people who want you to put a sock in it catch up with you.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Police described the incident as "senseless and inane"

    A nice example of how the police and the ruling classes appear to be completely out of touch with the mood of the population and the average Joe (or Joanna) in the street.

    "Futile" would be a better description but her actions are understandable - somebody has to stand up to the rise of the machines and faceless bankers that rule her world.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Never mind the Blahniks

    If I was down at heel I'd want to give the banks a proper shoeing too.

  12. Doogs

    Self checkout machines

    Always feel like smashing those things. Every time I've tried to use one in Sainsburys or B&Q, they've gone wrong. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

    Sorry. I feel better now. :)

    1. IT veteran

      Win 2000

      That's probably because they run Windows 2000. No, really...

      1. Tom 13

        2000? They've upgraded?

        I thought those things were only certified for NT4.*

        * with no network connection.

        1. HipposRule

          PCI compliance

          Should mean they must be running a supported OS so 2000 is out.

    2. Pete B

      Co-incidentally never visited either of these since they installed the bloody things. Found other (non mega-brand) places to buy everything I used to get from them.

    3. Just Thinking

      Those things really aren't fair on customers or staff.

      There is nothing inherently wrong with self service, but they have gone well over the top with security and age checks. Sure if I buy beer somebody has to verify that I am old enough *at some point* before I pay and leave - but why does the till stop me scanning any other items while I am waiting?

      Removing a carrier bag trips the weight sensor, and again everything stops until the assistant turns up.

      Putting one member of staff in charge of 12 busy tills is ridiculous, and tells you all you need to know about why the reasons for these tills.

      That's before you take into account the other customers who can't scan things, or have crammed 50 items into a basket, or decide to let their toddler scan the shopping when the queue is 20 deep.

      So in summary, swing things slightly from security to convenience, and arrange for anyone who takes longer than 3 mins* to be automatically tasered, and they would be fine.

      *Excluding time when the light is flashing of course.

  13. Anonymous Coward
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    These boots* were made for beating

    * stretching the point there, I know.

  14. g4dge

    Why did they need to appeal for people to recognize her? Surely they had the time and date from the CCTV, which would correlate to the card she had inserted (presumably remonstrating due to either cash not coming out, or card not coming back!)

  15. Sarah Davis

    Rise of the cash machines

    as el Reg has often informed us, some 'harmless' inanimate machines are planning revolution. This looks like a pre-emptive strike (perhaps she's american).

    I only counted her hitting it 10 times, so was the other 40 times before or after this, perhaps on some different footage, or is that just the way police count these days

  16. jai

    don't trust CCTV, can be easily faked

    if it's not a playmobile reconstruction, it probably didn't happen

  17. Boring Bob

    So she has paid Barcleys for the damaged she caused yet the police are still asking the public for help identifying her ?

  18. Mr Young
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    Error, bzzt - keyboard input error 101

    If yer drunken fingers aren't working properly why not try a shoe instead? OK or Cancel?

  19. myob

    Fashion Fail

    Looks more like a wedge to me.

  20. Jacqui

    wedge courts

    Pics are blurry but they look like wedge heeled courts.


    Assault with a blunt instrument? :-)

    1. Hatless Pemberty

      Overload Warning

      Stop it!

      I'm a guy. I work in IT. You're confusing me with all those technical terms for women's shoes. It's worse than PR or the offside rule. I can't handle it!

      The woman is not wearing flip-flops. Therefore, she's wearing stilletos. There; that's settled.

      1. Duster

        Well heeled

        If you search for it, you may be able to find references to an old ('70s?) case in the US where a woman swatted a would-be purse snatcher in the head with a stiletto heel. She stood trial as I recall for assault with a deadly weapon, and possibly for man slaughter. Been a while.

  21. Captain TickTock

    reminds me of

    the youtube video of the cat and the printer..

  22. Jim Carter

    Bloody hell.

    I'm trying to think of a shoe-based pun but I see others have already got their foot in the door...

  23. Anonymous Coward

    She repayed the bank

    I don't suppose banks will ever repay for people for the damage *they* have caused.

    1. Goat Jam

      No no no no

      That's not how it works.

      _WE_ pay them for the damage they have caused stupid.

      Now, go and sit on the naughty chair.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        <--- enough said!

  24. Mips


    "Police said the woman has repaid the bank, Barclays, for the damage she caused."

    And they still don't know who she is? The standard of the policing really has slipped.

  25. Nick Pettefar

    Looks and acts like my ex-wife - in her younger more violent days. I don't know why I always attract the nutters. Ah well.

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