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The Old Man Who Could Not Escape Our Bathroom




An aged gentleman comes into our store to pick up a job. He asks to use our bathroom. After an extended period of time, I am getting concerned about whether he has “fallen in” or passed out in there. A couple minutes later, I hear a faint knocking from within. Then the phone rings and it’s this guy calling, telling me he cannot get out of the bathroom. I run over to the door and yell, “Just pull down on the door handle.”  He replies, “I have been trying, but it won’t open.” My next step is to get a safety pin to unlock the door when all of a sudden he opens the door and walks out. I apologize about the difficulty he had getting out of the bathroom, only to find out he had been struggling with the locked janitor’s closet on the other side of the sink. I pray that he can find his way home. — Told anonymously to INSTORE’s Big Survey, 2016

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 edition of INSTORE.



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