Santa In the Guise of an ATM? Not Quite, but Still Jolly Fun

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ATMs can be handy (when you need cash), and sometimes costly (when it's not your bank and you get slammed with fees), but generous? Imagine if your ATM was like those in some TD Bank (TD) branches in Canada that were recently used in a publicity stunt that instead of dispensing cash, fulfilled some of the users' dreams. (Watch the video below.)

A mom was given an education savings account for her kids along $1,000 to deposit. Since the kids wouldn't be excited, the voice of the ATM told the woman, the machine spit out a free trip to Disneyland. All the goodies actually came out of the "Automated Thanking Machine," which had a couple of enlarged slots to dispense odd-sized gifts.

A Toronto Blue Jays fan was given a team uniform from one of the large slots in the machine, and was then surprised when Jays star Jose Bautista came out of an office, tossed him a baseball, and told him he'd be throwing out the first pitch at a game. If you watch the video, you'll see that he actually did.

And, an older woman who said she had a daughter with cancer she has been helping support in Trinidad was given tickets to go see her. While those customers got the biggest payday, anyone who was in any of 1,100 TD (Toronto Dominion) Bank branches across Canada was handed an envelope with a $20 bill. If the customer was on the phone or using online banking, they were notified they were get a direct deposit of the $20.

The ATM stunt was reminiscent of Canadian airline WestJet's "Christmas Miracle" video that collected more than 35 million views on YouTube.

If real life were only so good.
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