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American tourist tweets appeals for rescue from locked Waterstones store

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By John Glenday, Reporter

October 17, 2014 | 2 min read

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.

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’.

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.

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