On Sunday, marketing consultant Tinu Cherian Abraham went to 23 ATMs in two different areas in Bengaluru to check if the all the news about cashless ATMs and the cash crunch in general were accurate.
Abraham tweeted photos of each ATM he visited in real time, so as to maintain clarity and accuracy.
"It was an impromptu decision to scout the ATMs and personally do a reality check on what people and media have been saying. Are the ATMs functioning normally or is there is a cash crisis?" Abraham told BuzzFeed.
Most of the ATMs Abraham visited were either shut or massive queues outside.
"Only four had cash, of which three had only ₹2000 notes. There was one that had a long queue of 40-50 people, so I assume that had cash in it," Abraham told BuzzFeed.
The entire expedition took him about six hours, and he travelled by car and on foot at various points.
Since his tweet spree, several people have been retweeting the entire thread, and lauding Abraham's trip.
"The fact is, that I support demonetisation and cutting down black money. My concern was about how badly the common man has been affected," he added. Abraham ended up quitting after 23 ATMs.
But his quest seems to have inspired others to try the same in their cities.
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Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.
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