Man locked in beer cooler cited for drinking

28 October, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • Man locked in beer cooler cited for drinking

When the clock struck 12, the cooler closed and Van Ert was locked inside.

A man who got trapped in a Wisconsin convenience store cooler Tuesday night made the best of a potentially scary situation.

Van Ert was freed when a customer noticed him in the cooler around 5:50am Wednesday.

After the cooler locked at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, Van Ert said he chose to stay inside and drink some beer.

"The subject found himself locked in the beer cooler, knew that Kwik Trip would not sell him any beer, so he made a decision to remain in the beer cooler", Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza told WAOW-TV.

Employees opened the door and say Van Ert left without paying for his drinks.

He also fell on top of a stack of Busch Light Cans, WISN reported. They said the cooler had a glass door he could have knocked on to be let out.

Police cited the man for retail theft. The local ABC affiliate WAOW reports that Van Ert is now behind bars at a local jail on probation hold from an unrelated case that required him to stay sober.

Beer is awesome and great, as are beer coolers, but I wouldn't want to spend six hours in one.

Gramza said in his 20 years in the police field, he hasn't seen anything like this.

He told them he figured he might just as well stay inside and drink.

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