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RoTM A light-fingered Florida nine-year-old has learnt the hard way that you don't mess with ATMs after getting bitten by an Orange County carnivore cash machine.

According to a chilling video report on WSMV Nashville, what for Angelica Santiago should have been a routine trip to the store with her parents ended as a four-hour terror ordeal as firefighters battled to free her hand from the machine.

Dad William Santigo explained: "She couldn't get her hand out...apparently there was a piece of metal that was stuck in there that was preventing her hand from coming out."

Mercifully, the emergency services were able to disable the rogue ATM after seeking advice from a repair technician. Lt Jon Haskett, of Orange County Fire Rescue, calmly recounted: "We just had to dismantle the machine and we put some soap on her hand and worked it till it came free."

Quite what Ms Santiago was doing with her paw inside the ATM is unreported, although we suspect that in future she'll find other ways of augmenting her allowance. "It hurt a lot," she admitted. ®

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Good work by Iain Paterson in alerting NRA headquarters to the ATM menace.

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