NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN (Day -9, Sleepover at Waterstones.)
What to do when you find yourself locked in a shop because you didn’t notice they were closing? Just tweet.
A tourist from Texas visiting a London Waterstones at Trafalgar Square was so caught up with his browsing, he didn’t know that the store had closed for the night – with him still inside. He first called security, then the police, but had to wait almost two hours for help. So while he waited, he tweeted.
His next post said: “Hi Waterstones, I’ve been locked inside of your Trafalgar Square bookstore for two hours now. Please let me out.” Over 7,000 people retweeted it.
When he was finally released at 11 pm, he tweeted: “I’m free.”
Waterstones tweeted: “We’re pleased to announce that [Mr. Willis] is a free man once more. Thanks for your concern and tweets.”
Meanwhile, Waterstones took the incident as an opportunity to advertise some books on their blog, with the title, ‘What to read when you’ve two hours on your hands… and are locked in a bookshop’.