Why you should take your phone with you everywhere. This is a cautionary and true story.
Over the weekend I had a strangely familiar sensation.
I was locked in. Again.
In December 2014 I found myself locked in a stairwell in a shopping centre at 4 am and it was not fun! Luckily I had my phone with me and rang 000, the emergency number. The first question I was asked was who I needed to be connected to – Police, Fire or Ambulance and I didn’t know which one to select. I wasn’t on fire or injured so I went with Police. I was connected to a helpful lady who asked me how much phone battery I had on my phone. My first thought was how long am I going to be stuck in here?? Anyway long story short I was rescued by a security guard and released from my stairwell prison. Of course I wrote a post about it – Police, Fire or Ambulance
So back to the weekend. I was at a Rotary Youth Exchange camp for returning students and their parents and the current students here from all over the world – we call them rebounders and inbounders by the way. All was going swimmingly.
I decided to join the group at the beach, grabbed my hat and my phone and went to the toilet. But then disaster struck – I couldn’t get out of the toilet cubicle, I was locked in!
What to do? As thoughts swirled through my mind I was reminded of my stairwell incident and tried not to panic – a certain sense of déjà vu swept over me.
I fiddled with the lock unsuccessfully and considered my options. The cubicle was as tight as a drum, small and compact. No window access and no space to crawl out under the door – all this flashed through my mind in seconds!!
This is the dodgy lock – once again lucky I had my phone with me or I wouldn’t have been able to take a photo of it for evidence!
I knew the committee members had just started a new session so decided to ring each of them until someone answered their phone. That was a very logical thought and I was pleased with myself for being so rational under the circumstances!
Luckily I had my phone with me! My first call was answered and I laughingly described my situation. The rescue team immediately sprang into action but were unsuccessful in getting the lock open. We had some interesting banter while all this was going on! In the end they had to call the centre’s maintenance man who was also unsuccessful and decided the only option left was to kick the door open with his huge size 11 boots. His instructions to me were to ‘stand back’ – I laughed as I was in a tiny cubicle with no room to swing a cat let alone move out of the way. I did turn my back to the door just in case any debris from the door came hurtling my way. Always sensible, that’s me!
CRACK!! The next thing the door was kicked in and I was free!! I was very happy to be out after 35 minutes of imprisonment. To think I worked in a jail for 22 years and never felt imprisoned but 35 minutes in a cubicle (and previously a stairwell) could leave me with feelings of elation at being released!
I must say that in the time I was locked in I managed to text my 3 daughters – one in UK, one in Canberra (3 hours away) and one in Brisbane (days of driving away), just to alert them to the fact I was ‘stuck’. Lucky I had my phone with me or they wouldn’t have known of my predicament !! I must say they were suitably impressed with one hoping I was only locked in and not stuck in the toilet bowl, another said it could only happen to me and the other one slept through the whole thing. My husband was at the beach with the students and didn’t have his phone with him so didn’t know anything about it until I turned up at the beach to tell him the story. He just laughed!
BUT the moral to the story is thank goodness I had my phone with me – or it could have been a much longer period of incarceration. On both occasions!
This is a photo I took earlier that morning while out walking, it is infinitely more relaxing to look at than the inside of a toilet cubicle!
My sincere thanks to everyone who helped with the situation, even those who just laughed at me.
Since my release I haven’t been able to lock any bathroom doors!
Enjoy your day 🙂