Tourist spends night locked in Waterstones after staff close shop

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Tourist spends night locked in Waterstones after staff close shop
17th October 2014

A tourist spent three hours trapped inside a Waterstones after staff unwittingly locked him in.

David Willis, from Texas, found himself alone in the Trafalgar Square branch after popping in for a quick shop shortly before 9pm last night.

Coming down the stairs 15 minutes later, he found the shop in darkness and the doors locked.

Mr Willis then took to Twitter to alert the store’s social media team he couldn’t get out.

Posting a picture of the closed shutters from within at around 10pm, Mr Willis wrote: “This is me locked inside a waterstones bookstore in London. I was upstairs for 15 minutes and came down to all the lights out and door locked. Been here over an hour now. Supposedly someone is on their way.”

 
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This is me locked inside a waterstones bookstore in London. I was upstairs for 15 minutes and came down to all the lights out and door locked. Been here over an hour now. Supposedly someone is on their way. #nofilter #london

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But while his predicament was picked up by other Twitter users, who shared the plea thousands of times, no rescue came.

An hour later he sent out another online cry for help, saying: “Hi @Waterstones I’ve been locked inside of your Trafalgar Square bookstore for 2 hours now. Please let me out.”

But it was only when his account went silent that one worried user forwarded the message to Scotland Yard and police stepped in to help.

A Met Police spokesman said: “We were contacted to say that a man was trapped inside the branch of Waterstones in Trafalgar Square. He was released between 11.05pm and 11.20pm.”

 

 

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