Image: Screen Shot via KZTV

Under capitalism, money imprisons us all, but for one man in Corpus Christi, Texas, this arrangement transcended mere metaphor recently. On Wednesday afternoon, the contractor (whose name has not been released) was fixing a lock in a room connected to a Bank of America ATM when, suddenly, he trapped himself in. Having left his phone in the car, he was unable to call for help. So, with an impending Castaway situation at hand, the man had to get creative—or else.

Local news outlet KZTV reports the contractor spent the next two hours slipping notes to bank customers at the drive-through ATM that had become his own personal hell. “Please help,” one of the notes read. “I’m stuck in here and I don’t have my phone. Please call my boss…” Apparently, several customers thought the scribbled messages were a prank and ignored them until one patron got sufficiently spooked.

Image: Screen Shot via KZTV

When police finally arrived, they were confused by the muffled cries for help they heard coming from the ATM.

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“We come out here, and sure enough we can hear a little voice coming from the machine,” Senior Officer Richard Olden told KZTV. “So we are thinking this is a joke. It’s got to be a joke.”

Sadly, not even the police could free the contractor from the ATM’s clutches. They had to wait until the man’s boss arrived at the scene and managed to let him out at last.

At least no one was hurt, except, presumably, the man’s dignity.

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“Everyone is OK, but you will never see this in your life, that somebody was stuck in the ATM,” Olden said. “It was just crazy.”

[KZTV]