London Lite Tuesday, 18 August 2009 3 Frenzy as Tesco machine hands out free money BY MARK BLUNDEN Everylittlehelpsasshopperstake3,000 Tesco takeaway: a queue forms at the ATM in Cranford, Hounslow, after news spreads that double money is being dispensed SHOPPERS in west London enjoyed an unexpected windfall when a Tesco cash machine gave out double the amount of money requested. Within minutes of the machine mistakenly starting to dispense extra 20 notes, customers had summoned friends and family by phone to make the most of it. Soon a lengthy queue had formed outside the Tesco Express ATM in Cranford, Hounslow. A total of 3,000 was taken out before the glitch was spotted by the supermarket giant, which has the slogan Every little helps. A local businessman said: I was fourth in the queue when I heard the man at the front telling someone on his mobile that the machine was paying out double. It really was a case of Buy one, get one free. The news spread like wildfire and within an hour there was a huge queue of getting on for 50 people. Everyone was calling their friends and family. He added: Some people were at the machine for five minutes taking out as much as they could on their different cards. I checked an hour and a half later and people were still getting double money. Tesco must have lost thousands. A Tesco spokesman said the supermarket closed the machine as soon as it became aware of the fault, and that the company would not be trying to recoup the cash from people who took advantage last Thursday evening. The spokesman added: This was thankfully an extremely rare operational error. ItsatoughjobLeo,but somebodysgottodoit LEONARDO DICAPRIO breaks another few million hearts as he kisses French actress Marion Cotillard on a bridge overlooking the Seine. Back in the romantic lead role for the first time in many movies, DiCaprio, 34, is in Paris filming Dark Knight director Christopher Nolans sci-fi thriller, Inception. DiCaprio got passionate in a scene with his co- star at one of the French capitals most seductive locations, the Bir-Hakeim bridge. He arrived on set in style by sailing up the Seine with 12 of his friends. Inbrief Hands down for sweaty riders THORPE PARK is banning visitors from riding its rollercoasters with their hands in the air from tomorrow -- following complaints about summer body odour. With temperatures expected to pass 27C, bosses at the park in Chertsey, Surrey, expect an excess of perspiration as people queue for the rides. As a result they are putting up signs telling visitors to Say No To BO. A catastrophic apostrophe... AN ACCOUNTANT who used a paintbrush to insert missing apostrophes on street signs has been branded a vandal. Stefan Gatward, 62, of Tunbridge Wells, bought a can of black paint and amended signs on his street, printed as St Johns Close. But one neighbour took offence, calling Mr Gatward a vandal and graffiti artist. Mr Gatward said: Language is worth standing up for. Land of romance: Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard filming in Paris index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html