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(Mirror.co.uk)   After realizing he's locked inside, book store customer tries several novel approaches   (mirror.co.uk) divider line 41
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5520 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Aug 2014 at 8:07 AM (17 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-08-25 06:49:24 AM  

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2014-08-25 07:09:50 AM  
He also tried to escape through an upstairs fire exit, with police offering to call the fire brigade to help with the rescue.
But that idea had to be abandoned after it was found part of the ladder could not be used.


Isn't that kind of a severe violation of the fire code?
 
2014-08-25 07:34:20 AM  
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2014-08-25 07:59:45 AM  
It was a spine tingling chapter of his life.  First he tried to page the owner, but that did not work, then he covered other alternatives.  The entire thing was spell binding.
 
2014-08-25 08:09:43 AM  
The night was humid...
 
2014-08-25 08:18:39 AM  
I'd have taken about half a dozen books in exchange for time wasted, and told to owner he could whistle for the payment.
I mean, yeah, it was an honest mistake, but 90 minutes for a farkin' coffee? Fark him. Make that a dozen books.
 
2014-08-25 08:19:18 AM  

gopher321: The night was humid...


I thought, "It was a dark and stormy night ..."
 
2014-08-25 08:20:48 AM  
He had been browsing the shelves in a back room

Back room huh? What kind of "sci-fi" books were these?
 
2014-08-25 08:20:51 AM  
They should have called these guys.

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2014-08-25 08:21:00 AM  

JasonOfOrillia: [img.fark.net image 550x414]


Thread over. Someone turn out the lights.
 
2014-08-25 08:21:16 AM  
Thank you internet. I don't know what we did before you existed. Thanks to your hundreds of billions of dollars in global infrastructure, millions of man-hours of research, development, and construction, and cutting-edge technologies, I am able to discover that a man in England had a boring afternoon.
 
2014-08-25 08:22:33 AM  

MooseBayou: gopher321: The night was humid...

I thought, "It was a dark and stormy night ..."


The night was sultry!
 
2014-08-25 08:29:04 AM  

abhorrent1: He had been browsing the shelves in a back room

Back room huh? What kind of "sci-fi" books were these?


Why sci-fi? Why is sci fi your go to for the backroom books?
 
2014-08-25 08:29:48 AM  
Apparently businesses in the UK are not required to provide keys for police and fire "knock boxes". Around here, the police would have just opened up the box, pulled out the key, and let him out.
 
2014-08-25 08:32:57 AM  
I can relate.  A couple years ago, I got locked in an RV I was checking out.  I had a moment of panic until I remembered it could be unlocked from the inside.

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2014-08-25 08:35:01 AM  

jtown: I can relate.  A couple years ago, I got locked in an RV I was checking out.  I had a moment of panic until I remembered it could be unlocked from the inside.

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Of course this wouldn't work if the lock was a double key dead bolt like I have on my door.
 
2014-08-25 08:39:22 AM  

Jesus McSordid: I'd have taken about half a dozen books in exchange for time wasted, and told to owner he could whistle for the payment.
I mean, yeah, it was an honest mistake, but 90 minutes for a farkin' coffee? Fark him. Make that a dozen books.


Must have gone to Starbucks.
 
2014-08-25 08:44:49 AM  

soupafi: JasonOfOrillia: [img.fark.net image 550x414]

Thread over. Someone turn out the lights.


Please don't. Some of us are reading.
 
2014-08-25 08:48:38 AM  

Hoopy Frood: MooseBayou: gopher321: The night was humid...

I thought, "It was a dark and stormy night ..."

The night was sultry!

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."


For it is in London that our scene lies!
 
2014-08-25 08:49:37 AM  
That's always been my problem with reaaaly small retail. If you have to leave the counter but you're the only one there, you have to close up. And after a big cup of coffee you have to allow for bathroom time.
 
2014-08-25 08:50:03 AM  

Sybarite: [37.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]


First thing I thought of when I read the headline!
 
2014-08-25 08:51:00 AM  

catmandu: jtown: I can relate.  A couple years ago, I got locked in an RV I was checking out.  I had a moment of panic until I remembered it could be unlocked from the inside.

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Of course this wouldn't work if the lock was a double key dead bolt like I have on my door.


Yeah, thanks.  I realize that businesses often have that kind of lock.  I was referencing the joke about idiots locking themselves in vehicles which very rarely have a double key dead bolt.
 
2014-08-25 09:19:44 AM  
Anyone who believes this guy was "browsing" has never been in a book store. This guy was likely one of the shiat stains that treat a business like a public library. He was reading a book without paying for it. Cracking the spine, bending the cover and soiling the pages in the process.
 
2014-08-25 09:27:41 AM  

Sybarite: [37.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]


Hopefully he had some Absinthe and dead bees in the windowsill.
 
2014-08-25 09:29:35 AM  

jmsvrsn: Anyone who believes this guy was "browsing" has never been in a book store. This guy was likely one of the shiat stains that treat a business like a public library. He was reading a book without paying for it. Cracking the spine, bending the cover and soiling the pages in the process.


umm wow ok...

Anywho, I wish they had little hole in the wall used bookstores like this around here. I remember them when i was a kid 30 years ago, i would spend hours pouring through stack after stack of unsorted books, looking for a couple gems to read. 
 Last time i was at a used bookstore locally(a few years ago) it reminded me more of a waldenbooks then what i grew up with. and they were charging 80% of cover.
 
2014-08-25 10:10:25 AM  
Too bad it wasn't a hardware store.
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2014-08-25 10:38:02 AM  

Sybarite: [37.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]


Winrar.

catmandu: Apparently businesses in the UK are not required to provide keys for police and fire "knock boxes".


No.

Around here, the police would have just opened up the box, pulled out the key, and let him out.

So, how does that work? Is it a wee box on the outside of the business with the key inside? Or are the keys stored at the station?

If outside the premises, how secure are they? Angle-grinder proof?
 
2014-08-25 10:44:04 AM  

catmandu: Around here, the police would have just opened up the box


Not sure what the problem is:

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2014-08-25 10:44:22 AM  

iron de havilland: Sybarite: [37.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]

Winrar.

catmandu: Apparently businesses in the UK are not required to provide keys for police and fire "knock boxes".

No.

Around here, the police would have just opened up the box, pulled out the key, and let him out.

So, how does that work? Is it a wee box on the outside of the business with the key inside? Or are the keys stored at the station?

If outside the premises, how secure are they? Angle-grinder proof?


The door itself probably isn't angle-grinder proof.
 
2014-08-25 11:19:14 AM  
If he had to sit in there and wait patiently like an adult for another 15 minutes, god knows what could have happened!1!!
 
2014-08-25 11:21:03 AM  

iron de havilland: Sybarite: [37.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]

Winrar.

catmandu: Apparently businesses in the UK are not required to provide keys for police and fire "knock boxes".

No.

Around here, the police would have just opened up the box, pulled out the key, and let him out.

So, how does that work? Is it a wee box on the outside of the business with the key inside? Or are the keys stored at the station?

If outside the premises, how secure are they? Angle-grinder proof?


It's a KnoxBox, www.knoxbox.com. They are often required by local fire codes for commercial buildings in the U.S., but are by no means universal.
 
2014-08-25 11:29:42 AM  

iron de havilland: Sybarite: [37.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]

Winrar.

catmandu: Apparently businesses in the UK are not required to provide keys for police and fire "knock boxes".

No.

Around here, the police would have just opened up the box, pulled out the key, and let him out.

So, how does that work? Is it a wee box on the outside of the business with the key inside? Or are the keys stored at the station?

If outside the premises, how secure are they? Angle-grinder proof?


Some are at the station. Others (like for a shopping center) are placed somewhere close and look like a meter or another innocuous metal thing.
 
2014-08-25 12:35:48 PM  
No books on Houdini?
 
2014-08-25 12:49:26 PM  

EvilEgg: He also tried to escape through an upstairs fire exit, with police offering to call the fire brigade to help with the rescue.
But that idea had to be abandoned after it was found part of the ladder could not be used.

Isn't that kind of a severe violation of the fire code?


If not it should be.  And it should be illegal to have locks that can't be opened from inside a building.
People should not need a key to get out.
 
2014-08-25 01:05:44 PM  

Sybarite: [37.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]


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2014-08-25 01:08:14 PM  

catmandu: jtown: I can relate.  A couple years ago, I got locked in an RV I was checking out.  I had a moment of panic until I remembered it could be unlocked from the inside.

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Of course this wouldn't work if the lock was a double key dead bolt like I have on my door.


Keys on the inside? That's creeper territory there. You ever get that dungeon remodeled?
 
2014-08-25 01:58:20 PM  

EvilEgg: He also tried to escape through an upstairs fire exit, with police offering to call the fire brigade to help with the rescue.
But that idea had to be abandoned after it was found part of the ladder could not be used.

Isn't that kind of a severe violation of the fire code?


Only if the store contains flammable items.
 
2014-08-25 03:08:16 PM  

morg: EvilEgg: He also tried to escape through an upstairs fire exit, with police offering to call the fire brigade to help with the rescue.
But that idea had to be abandoned after it was found part of the ladder could not be used.

Isn't that kind of a severe violation of the fire code?

Only if the store contains flammable items.


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Be a shame...
 
2014-08-25 03:13:24 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: [img.fark.net image 550x414]


With you there.  My first thought was "I hope his glasses didn't break."
 
2014-08-26 06:23:40 AM  

stuffy: No books on Houdini?


Or "Lockpicking for Dummies"?
 
2014-08-26 11:47:53 AM  
"the family-run shop" "doesn't accept bank cards"

Is this a repeat from 1960?
 
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