By Mayukh Saha
“Stranger by the minute”, that is the only phrase I can use to aptly describe the world we live in. This strange place has quite a lot of crazy things happening inside it and its evidence is recorded on a day-to-day basis by everyone who walks down the road.
Stay with me here, but everyone, on a daily basis hears or sees something that becomes a story for parties.
Well, today I have something for your parties. It is a story from India. And I know what you are thinking; and no, this is not a story about saints and wisdom and yoga.
This is the story of an ATM with a very special guest: a rat.
So, this incident, as reported by Hindustan Times, happened in the town of Tinsukia, Assam, North-East India.
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In a world where humans are at each other’s throats for money, a measly rat has managed to evade security, enter an ATM vestibule, invade the teller machine and chew up nearly $17k.
According to Reuters, the rat chewed up something around 12 lakh rupees causing the ATM to be out of order, baffling bank technicians and customers alike. The machine had been the subject of numerous technical complaints thanks to its not dispensing money for more than 12 days.
The things with small Indian towns like Tinsukia is that despite the government’s attempts at digitizing money and transactions, cash still plays a very important role in the economy.
Really Size doesn’t matter!! What a rat this is! Rat-bitten bank notes worth Rs 12 lakh 38 thousand. Torn notes and dead rat found inside ATM in Tinsukia Assam. Rat found dead before little one could bite remaining Rs 17 lakh 10 thousand. pic.twitter.com/3Omns7gAZH
— Nandan Pratim Sharma Bordoloi 🇮🇳 (@NANDANPRATIM) 18 June 2018
It was after the machine was opened up that people found the shredded confetti of notes.
The only adjective that brings justice to this scene is poetic, or fable-esque. Such a statement on the human condition, so full of greed and running after money in this proverbial rat-race called life.
A fable of Aesopian standards itself, it ended on a moral note too: the poor rat died inside the teller machine itself, after devouring a multitude of notes.
The corpse was already half-withered when taken out.
Now it’s up to you: take a moral lesson from it and stop running after money (?) or use it as a party-enlivener.
Jokes apart, what funny times we live in indeed!