The male bartender is constantly withdrawing money to pay for a luxurious life, throwing parties for backpackers and paying tuition for all his friends.
The “lucky” man in the story is named Dan Saunders, from Wangaratta, Australia. On the day he started to receive the money that fell from the sky, he was in a state of “intoxication” after stepping out of the pub.
As he stood to withdraw money at a nearby ATM, Dan – now drunk – suddenly realized that he could transfer unlimited money between his savings and credit accounts.
Initially, Dan tried to transfer 200 Australian dollars (about 3 million VND), but the ATM reported an error and said “transaction has been cancelled”. Even so, he still received enough cash compared to the transaction amount
Dan didn’t think much of it at first, but after a second attempt in the evening at the same ATM, the same situation repeated itself. He still received an additional 1,300 Australian dollars in cash (about 20 million VND).
The strange thing is that this money did not come from Dan’s savings account. His account has not been deducted any money and has not reported any transaction history.
Out of suspicion, Dan called the bank the next morning and the result was still no transaction.
Based on all of the above, Dan assumed that between 1am and 3am, the ATM would disconnect from the bank. Now Dan can withdraw money “infinitely”. That is also the beginning of a more daring plan of Dan later.
“I was like an ancient man who just discovered fire,” Dan told the media.
Dan started withdrawing hundreds of pounds a night, paying for everyone’s drinks at his local pub. He also eats out at the best restaurants in town and throws parties every weekend.
Despite the increasingly negative bank account “real” balance, Dan simply printed free cash to spend.
The total amount he has withdrawn is about 1.6 million Australian dollars (nearly 25 billion VND). He even chartered a 20-seat private jet for his mate for more than AU$80,000.
“We were in the air for three hours and the plane was full of people.” Dan said. “There are old friends and new friends. We also rent out entire resorts, overwater villas, and eat there.”
“I have a wish book. People just need to write down their dreams there and I will fulfill them all.” He shared more.
Dan will swagger with expensive “escorts,” as if declaring farewell to his former life: wearing an expensive suit, eating caviar and drinking champagne.
He even hires a minibus that runs through all the backpacker resorts in Melbourne to pick up people to a large property he rents in the stunning Yarra Valley, where he organizes Pool parties.
Not only that, but Dan also paid all the tuition fees for his friends, and also paid for a close friend to study abroad in France.
But things can’t last long when guilt begins to find Dan.
“I think there’s a part of me that wants it to end, but I’ve gone too far to turn back.” Dan confides in his psychiatrist when things spiral out of control.
He often dreamed that he was caught.
“One night, I had a nightmare that a rapid response task force (SWAT) was waiting at the door of the hotel room I was staying in,” he said.
Dan then contacted the bank and was told that the police would work with him to resolve it. In the end, whatever happens will come, in 2015 Dan spent a year in prison on 111 counts of his extravagant behavior. After being released from prison, he returned to work in a bar with a salary of AU$18.52 an hour.
When the story was revealed, many news programs, news and newspapers came to Dan to exploit information and make reports. They even plan to make it into a movie.
Now, Dan’s story is being told by himself in a new podcast that people can find on Spotify.
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