Email I received today from my daughter’s preschool:
“In light of recent events in Chapel Hill, please read:
PIN NUMBER REVERSAL (GOOD TO KNOW) If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse. For example if your pin number is 1234 then you would put in 4321. The ATM recognizes that your pin number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you. This information was recently broadcast on FOX TV and it states that it is seldom used because people don’t know it exists.”
Thanks FOX… it’s seldom used because it doesn’t exist. Think through the logic here: can you imagine banks taking on the liability issue created with such a system? Can you imagine law enforcement having to realistically respond to such a protocol? This of course is an urban myth, and one more knee jerk response to the tragic death of a high profile Chapel Hill resident.