The vicar of Finedon, Northamptonshire was staying in a friend's home in Edinburgh when he realised he the door handle was broken. He got so desperate the he peed in a jug in the bedroom.
I am trapped in my bedroom. The door handle just goes round and round and does not move the latch. I have had to pee in an ornament. My host is asleep in the room next door. Please advise.— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) August 24, 2019
P.S. he's not on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/TJYvcPx72F— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) August 24, 2019
He didn't want to wake his friend up to ask for help so he turned to Twitter for help instead.
There's usually a wire coat hanger in a bedroom wardrobe. If gap between the door & frame is sufficient, insert hook so it curls round lock. Press the door shut (releases pressure). Pull coat hanger smartly towards you & pull door at same time. Time it right and door will open.— Mike Booton (@mbooton) August 24, 2019
Some people jokingly sent him their thoughts and prayers. Others told him to use a wire hanger to get the door open or to climb out of the window.
The view from my window looks like this. I'm not climbing four floors. pic.twitter.com/ulL8YnO9Vf— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) August 24, 2019
The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant even looked for solutions on YouTube but said it was useless.
YouTube has been less than helpful, requiring heavy duty paper clips and a PhD in engineering. And now there is a wasp in the room.— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) August 24, 2019
He later said that his host ended up getting him out when he "sprang" him from the other side.
He added: "In a fit of conscience I told my host that I had to pee in his jug because I was trapped in my room this morning (due to his poor maintenance of the door handle).
"He now wants the jug destroyed rather than just thoroughly washed.
"I think this is an over-reaction."
On Sunday morning Rev Coles said that he put a shoe in the doorway to prevent him from getting trapped again.
"For those who kindly expressed concern, I have deployed powerful technology to mitigate the risk of getting trapped in my room again," he said jokingly.
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