An American tourist has had an eventful trip to London after becoming trapped in a locked Waterstones store when staff locked up for the night, leaving him to desperately tweet appeals for rescue to the stores Twitter account.
David Willis claims to have been in an upstairs section of the store at closing time, unaware that lights were being switched off and doors locked below him.
This is me locked inside a waterstones bookstore in London. I was upstairs for 15 minutes and came… http://t.co/EefA1antuG— David Willis (@DWill_) October 16, 2014
Upon descending Willis was alarmed to find himself alone in the empty Trafalgar Square shop with no means of exit, prompting a desperate tweet to the chains social media account to ‘please let me out’.
Hi @Waterstones I've been locked inside of your Trafalgar Square bookstore for 2 hours now. Please let me out.— David Willis (@DWill_) October 16, 2014
Willis’s troubles began at 21:00 when he found his passage blocked by a sturdy steel shutter, leaving him scrabbling for help online. Unfortunately for him the Waterstones PR team had also called it a night, leaving it to the Metropolitan Police to ultimately free him around 23:20.
Ever helpful Waterstones subsequently posted a recommended reading list for anyone who ever finds themselves in a similar situation.