By Anonymous - 07/01/2015 17:07 - Canada - Tracadie

Today, one of my friends posted on Facebook saying if you're held up at an ATM, putting your PIN in backwards will alert the cops. I pointed out it's an urban legend, and asked how it'd work if their PIN was the same backwards. He drove over and beat the crap out of me. FML
I agree, your life sucks 38 840
You deserved it 6 046

Same thing different taste

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BubbleGrunge 18

Sounds like your friend has more problems than worrying about being robbed at the ATM. Actually, he may be the robber at the ATM.

juststephhere 23

They sound so lovely! Remind me why they are your friend?


BubbleGrunge 18

Sounds like your friend has more problems than worrying about being robbed at the ATM. Actually, he may be the robber at the ATM.

Yeah, I can imagine that by perpetuating this urban legend this "friend" is gaining access to gullible peoples PIN's by observing which numbers they use while holding them up and later reversing them after stealing their card.

JohnTheDonJuan 11

And why exactly would the robber be trying to help the people they're robbing?

It isn't actually helping if it doesn't work in the first place, #9. That's the point of both this FML and what #8 was saying.

His friend might actually be right. Before an atm asks for your pin # you have to swipe your card first. At that point it's only looking for one pin # and not all of the ones in its database. I dont know how it's work if it was 1221 or something though or why his "friend" got so upset.

gemstone586 12

I work for a bank. I can promise you it's not true. Not that it takes a bank employee to understand it's not true, just a little common sense.....

I have a friend who works IT security for a bank, I asked her, it doesn't work, although it would be a good idea if it could be programmed properly somehow

With friends like that, who needs enemies?!?

EMV technician here, confirming it DOESN'T work. But not for the reason stated (We could just not issue cards with palindrome PINs, since they are generated at the bank.) The reason is that neither the card nor the ATM know your PIN. (what they know is called a "hash" of the PIN and is basically a piece of knowledge that is easy to get from a PIN but hard to get a PIN from. A comparable example would be knowing the second and fifth letter of your password. It's easy to see if "Zebra" has the letters E and A there, but it's hard to think of a word with H and T there off the top of your head.) [BTW the answer is (replacing the letters with their number in the alphabet, in case you want to try guessing) 19-8-9-18-20 ]

bored359 13

What a great friend you have!

Never bother correcting idiots on facebook. They never learn. :/

Not at first, anyway. They'll be pissed off at first, certainly, but after they've mulled it over a few days, it starts sinking in. This, however, is an example of a poster child for anger management classes.

i disagree. if people say stupid things that are obviously false, the only way to correct it is to tell them, otherwise we will forever live in a dumb society. knowledge is key

tantanpanda 26

Sorry, but correcting people won't make society any smarter. You could correct someone's grammar, but they're still going to make the same mistake over and over again. plus, if they're not open to learning, then correcting them becomes a waste of time.

No, always correct these kinds of idiots with a snopes link. If people actually believe this urban legend they could end up hurt. Don't let people spread misinformation.

If people show a pattern of never learning, or at least being grateful for the help, they're not worth the time, in my opinion. there are plenty of people willing to learn, why waste time on the ones who aren't willing?

Don't know why this got downvoted. It's absolutely true.

juststephhere 23

They sound so lovely! Remind me why they are your friend?

XBurytheCastleX 25

Dude, her sentence made sense.

liquifiednate 21

45, I totally agree I think it made sense as well. But what 31 is trying to say is that she said they instead of he. It made it sound like she is talking about more than one friend, when the OP was only talking about one friend. I just think 31 was being a grammar nazi about it.

No, it just made it sound like she didn't know the gender of OP's friend. 'They' is perfectly acceptable to use in reference to one person if you're not sure which gendered pronoun to use. Which means if 31 was trying to be a grammar Nazi about it, /they/ are an incredibly bad one. You need to actually understand proper grammar before you can go around trying to correct other people...

"He drove over and beat the crap out of me. FML" "He drove" "He" There is no need for "they".

liquifiednate 21

67, like 71 said it mentioned he is at the end of OP's FML. You need to take the time to slow down and read the full sentence before correcting someone on their grammar.

tantanpanda 26

#67, actually, using they IS WRONG. People use "they" to be politically correct, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a grammatical error. SAT books, grammar books will tell you that using "they" because you don't know the gender is wrong. You assume either male or female. In this case, it was a male from the fml. Before trying to contradict me, go look it up in an actual grammar book.

squideth 18

As an English major, I'm gonna tell you that NO ONE CARES about your precious SAT books or what they say about using "they" properly. Also, lots of people like using "they" as their gender pronouns, and I'd much rather respect their wishes than go by some ridiculous grammar book.

Yeah, call the police. No need to take his bullshit

Charge him with assault and battery, and have someone else (preferably a girl) try to get him to go to anger therapy.

I'd check his wardrobe first. He might Chris Brown her if he owns a lot of wife beaters.

Ok, an adult woman then. He hits her, oh boy…

Well there's a good time >.< At least you know that he's not a quality friend!

Take it he was purely a Facebook 'friend'

That is terrible and you should contact authorities buut this made me burst out laughing. I'm sorry OP.