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Demonetisation: This Man Visited 23 ATMs To Verify If Media Was Spreading Lies

Mugdha Kapoor Safaya | News18.com @Mugdha_Kapoor

First published: November 22, 2016, 2:13 PM IST | Updated: November 22, 2016
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Demonetisation: This Man Visited 23 ATMs To Verify If Media Was Spreading Lies
(Photo: Twitter/@tinucherian)

On November 20, a marketing consultant Tinu Cherian Abraham visited 23 ATMs in a row to check if the media was spreading lies about currency woes - ATMs running dry and a cash crunch in the country - due to which the common man was suffering.

"I wanted to do a reality check on whatever was being told in the media, including both traditional and social media. Some people said that everything was fine and that ATMs were dispensing cash, so I wanted to check that. It was an impromptu decision and on Sunday I visited 23 ATMs."

So, for a ground reality check, Abraham chose two different areas in the city, close to his house, to check if the ATMs were working, only to find out that the general news reported viz-a-viz the implementation of the demonetization plan was accurate.

Abraham's ATM trail began from HDFC's Kadugodi branch, Bengaluru and by the end of the day he covered 23 ATMS, unfortunately finding cash in only four of them.

To give a fair idea to his followers on the microblogging site that he wasn't lying about the status of the ATMs in the city, he tweeted pictures of each of the ATMs he visited.

In nearly three hours, Abraham visited 16 ATMs and wrote on Twitter, "Visited 16 ATMs in 3 hours. NO CASH in 13 of them. Two have only 2000 Rs notes. One has cash - 40-50 ppl queue then. #ATMTrail #Bengaluru (sic)."

Despite all the trouble he had to face while visiting all these ATMs, he did not give up and went ahead with his ATM trail. And in the next few hours, covered 7 more ATMS.

And then finally came the exhaustion and dehydration.

When News18.com asked Abraham about his views on the demonetisation drive, he said, "I am not against the demonetisation drive, it is important to curb black money, but it has brought hardships for the people, has affected the common man. And I am certainly not happy with the way it has been implemented."

He also agreed that there certainly was a cash crunch in the country due to which a lot of people were facing problems.

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