It's been a little while since I've done a code-free post, so I thought today would be a great opportunity to share a news story that Wiebe Tijsma stumbled upon while reading I haven't seen this article (warning: Dutch) "make its rounds" across the Internet yet, so I apologize if you've seen this already. Setting aside the complete lack of testing, while you read this English translation, try to imagine what code you would have to write to cause this to occur ...

Number 7 blocks Belgian ATM machines
5 October 2005

BRUSSELS - The Dexia Bank ATM machines are expiriencing a curious problem. The machines stop functioning when someone enters the number 7, making it impossible for people with a 7 in their pin (personal identification number) code to perform a cash withdrawal.

The problem has been occuring for a month. To prevent people from running out of cash, they are able to perform cash withdrawals inside. "We are expiriencing a problem with the software", a Dexia spokesman admitted last wednesday in the daily journal Het Laatste Nieuws, "the problems should be solved within three weeks."

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