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Tourist locked inside Waterstones bookshop uses Twitter to be freed


UK,17 October 2014:Tourist found himself locked inside a Waterstones bookshop for two hours after it closed while he was still browsing.

David Willis, from Texas in the United States, got trapped in the branch in Trafalgar Square, central London, on Thursday night.

Police were called after he let people know of his situation on Twitter and someone came to let him out.

When he was finally released, he tweeted: “I’m free.”

He said he had been upstairs in the shop for 15 minutes and when he came down all the lights were out and the doors locked.

‘Please let me out’

Mr Willis posted a picture of himself on Instagram behind shutters with the message: “This is me locked inside a Waterstones bookstore in London.”

In a later post, which by Friday morning had been retweeted by more than 8,000 people, he tweeted: “Hi Waterstones, I’ve been locked inside of your Trafalgar Square bookstore for two hours now. Please let me out.”

He received hundreds of replies, with many people asking him if he was taking the opportunity to read some books, others saying they would love to be locked in a bookshop and more than one suggesting he should build a fort out of books.

Eventually Waterstones posted a message on its Twitter feed saying: “We’re pleased to announce that Mr Willis is a free man once more. Thanks for your concern and tweets.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said police were called at about 21:35 BST “by a man claiming to be locked inside a shop”.

He added: “Officers attended and following the arrival of a keyholder the man left the building shortly after 11pm.”

Source: BBC


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