SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – You might call it a stick-up, but the only guns being used in a string of San Francisco bank ATM robberies are full of glue.

Over the past few months, thieves have dumped glue on the enter, clear and cancel keys of San Francisco machines. The criminals then wait for customers to put in their card and enter the pin. After customers notice that the enter and cancel keys aren’t working, they often go inside for assistance. That’s when crooks step in and use the touch screen to make a withdrawal.

San Francisco officers said the crime is a relatively new innovation in the account hacking game. Police urge automatic teller customers to try the touch screen when they encounter problems with the standard keypad.

Two people have already been arrested in San Francisco in connection to the scam. Officers said that there is likely a ring of thieves carrying out the crimes.

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Comments (36)
  1. justavoter says:

    There are only liberal democrats in San Francisco. Glad they caught the thieves.

    1. tl says:

      and how is that relevant to this story? lol some people

      1. Shish says:

        LOL…Exactly. Just redistributing their wealth …Why are they whining..

  2. Captin America says:

    HAHA justavoter. It is simply a redistribution of wealth. They should think it is their patriotic duty to help these disadvantaged people.

    1. Somebody361 says:

      Right, these thieves were no more stealing than those who help disadvantaged groups ie blacks, women, Indians.

      However, what the thieves were doing was/is wrong

  3. Pat says:

    It’s not “PROACTIVE” if they fix the problem after people have been burned and someone else informs them about it. That’s reactive.

  4. Hank Warren says:

    Obama does not care about the bank customers, he only cares about the banks. Endless bailouts, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. Somebody361 says:

      Theft will always happen. It is not Obama’s fault although I agree with your list of violations.

      1. Somebody361 says:

        Sorry, someone removed the comment that this was a reply to.

  5. Randall says:

    Michael Moore would approve.

  6. Jethrow says:

    do you need to say more thaN SANFRANCISCO Land of the most uneducated people in the world!

    1. Somebody361 says:

      I’m guessing you’re from there? Look, you might be very intelligent, but please show it in your writing.

    2. Freeman Baller says:

      San Francisco came in 2nd place on the list of smartest cities in the US, so I guess your comment means you don’t live there.

      1. ExSophus says:

        I would submit in the article in your referenced URL that the criteria for establishing “smart” citizens is hardly meaningful vis-a-vis this story.

        I know quite a few people with advanced degrees (often in “social” sciences) that are quite a bit less than “smart” via other metrics (high test scores, high IQ, demonstrated ability to think logically and/or parse statements accurately, and/or exhibit “street-smarts”).

  7. NotaCool says:

    HEADLINE: Liberals line up at ATM’s with Glue as their welfare and unemployment benefits dwindle.

    1. Somebody361 says:

      As far as I can tell, unemployment benefits have been going up.

  8. Right Wing Extremist says:

    Gluing an ATM is the same as welfare that these cretins are used to. Look at the money they save by not driving to the welfare office but instead just walking to the neighborhood ATM machine. I hope one of them at least follows Nancy Pelosi around, I hear she is loaded not only with Botox but money also. Remember you libs that we need wealth redistribution. My recommendation is to press every button before inserting your card.

  9. Stephen Brummitt says:

    Diversity is not ANY sort of strength! It is a monstrous liability, which we won’t even survive unless we can learn to overcome the horrible impediments, which diversity foists upon us! If we cannot learn to pull together because our diversity demands our individual allegiance to our cultural heritage, then no country can be successful. Are you going to acquiesce to Shari Law? If so, then please find another country to destroy with your ideology?

  10. maman says:

    Gee thanks for giving everyone instructions. Idiots

    1. Somebody361 says:

      You’re welcome.

  11. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
    – Plato ——

    1. Somebody361 says:

      The thieves weren’t going around the law. Although that’s a nice quote, it seems pretty irrelevant to the story.

  12. TangentToWhat says:

    Excellent, this saves a trip to the welfare office and reduces their “carbon footprint”.

  13. don says:

    These Right-Wingers are some seriously nutty people.

  14. morgana99 says:

    This story has absolutely positively NOTHING to do with Obama, or “liberals”, etc, etc. The reason all of these ridiculous unrelated comments are present here is that the story was posted on the Drudge Report. This cancerous organization’s cultish followers attack any comment section, no matter the content, with unrelated drivel forwarding their hateful agenda. They have one-track-minds, are not mindful of others, and would bury a handicapped persons face in the mud to get ahead with a big fat grin and a genuine belief they are “self made”. As a side note, I do not identify with the people they are referring to as liberal, I think the duality that has been imposed on us is a control mechanism, its workings clear as a bell. I do, however, observe behavior and these people are just plain mean spirited and selfish selfish selfish.

    1. Somebody361 says:

      Mostly true, except for the fact that many Americans are upset about liberals stealing from those who work and giving it to those who don’t.

      Drudge Report, cancerous? What’s CNN then!

  15. Kevin says:

    If we just had more special rights laws for women, this problem wouldn’t happen. Americans are so dumb and feminized these days. This stupidity cannot go on forever, can it????

  16. Troy says:

    Someone tell me why a person would leave the ATM because the physical keypad was not working and there is a touchscreen right there staring you in the face? Wouldn’t you try the touchscreen anyway if the physical pad was seemingly broken, before you walked in to complain?