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Two of ANZ’s GAYTMs vandalised last night

Two of ANZ’s GAYTMs have been vandalised over the weekend in what has been described as a homophobic attack in Sydney’s CBD.

The facias of two of the cashpoints in Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, were ripped off early in the evening on Sunday with Luke Mansillo capturing the image and tweeting:

Credit: Luke Manzillo/Twitter

Credit: Luke Manzillo/Twitter

ANZ has created ten cashpoints through agency Whybin\TBWA Melbourne to celebrate its sponsorship of Sydney’s Mardi Gras, with the flamboyantly designed fascias scattered around the city.

Last week a spokesman for ANZ told Mumbrella the only vandalism reported to them had been a sign stolen from these same machines during the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, March 2, which they credited to someone wanting to take a “souvenir” of the event.

NSW Police have said they were called to the scene around 8pm on Sunday to reports of two men damaging ATMs with a metal bar, and said while the signage had been removed the machines themselves were untouched. “Investigations into the incident continue, however police do not believe the incident is targeted,” they added.

ANZ had not responded to requests for comment at the time of posting.

Update: A spokesman for ANZ told Mumbrella: “We were disappointed two of our GAYTMs were vandalised over the weekend, particularly considering the positive feedback the campaign received as a way to celebrate inclusion and diversity during the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival.

“As soon as we became aware of the incident, we dispatched a crew to clean up after the vandals and ensure the ATMs and surrounding site were secure. The remaining GAYTMs will be decommissioned tonight as originally planned.

“Unfortunately, 15 to 20 per cent of downtime for all ATMs across the county is due to vandalism, so this is not an issue that is isolated to the GAYTMs.”

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