South African ATMs get pepper-spray defense system is another example of the cure being worse than the disease.
South Africa is experiencing attacks on ATMs by robbers. Some banks are fighting back. They’ve fitted the ATMs with pepper spray, which is triggered if a camera spots tampering with the card slots.
Unfortunately, the system isn’t foolproof. Recently one ATM sprayed pepper at technicians who were servicing it. One technician had to be treated by paramedics, but is expected to recover.
What’s next? ATMs armed with AK-47s?