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(NEWARK, Del.) — Devon Gluck, 21, knew what he had to do when an ATM gave him $1,800 that didn’t belong to him. It just took a while for him to compose himself to give it back, he said.

Gluck went to a PNC Bank teller machine at the Trabant University Center at the University of Delaware on Feb. 1. He only wanted to withdraw about $40 but after the ATM made some noise, it gave him $1,800.

Despite urging from his friends to keep the money, Gluck, a senior studying finance, said he knew he had to return it. But he called his father the following day for confirmation.

Gluck kept the money for 10 days. But he did eventually bring it back to the bank where it came from and asked to speak with the branch manager.

He said the branch manager was shocked at the amount of money Gluck brought into his office.

Gluck said he realized after the ATM incident that it likely belonged to one of the students who were at the ATM before he arrived to get his money.

PNC Bank spokeswoman Marcey Zwiebel confirmed that a student returned $1,800 to the bank and that the student’s account from which the money was mistakenly withdrawn had been refunded.

Last year, a man in Detroit was sentenced to 15 months in prison and was ordered to repay about $1.5 million that he was able to withdraw from ATMs, even though it wasn’t his.

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