Shopper locked up in store

PUBLISHED: 04:01 11 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:26 24 May 2010

THE term shopkeeper took on a literal meaning when a Weston store owner unknowingly kept a sales shopper locked in the store after closing. After a busy first sales day at Cecil Walker in the High Street, Tim Walker locked up the shop and went home, only

THE term shopkeeper took on a literal meaning when a Weston store owner unknowingly kept a sales shopper locked in the store after closing.After a busy first sales day at Cecil Walker in the High Street, Tim Walker locked up the shop and went home, only to be contacted later by the police informing him that there was someone still in the store.Mr Walker, owner of the family run shop, said: "It had been a fantastic first day of the sales and I had locked up the shop at closing time and gone home. Twenty minutes later the phone rang. It was the police saying there was someone locked inside the shop."The shop, which sells men's clothes, is arranged over three floors and the customer, who had been happily browsing on the first floor was left in darkness when the lights suddenly went out."I did my usual checks on all floors, turned out the lights, locked the doors and went home," said Mr Walker. "I was just beginning to unwind when the phone rang and the police asked me if I realised there was still a customer in the shop. I returned to the store and met the police, opened the door and let the shopper out, who I recognised from earlier because I had said hello to him."The customer took it well and everybody laughed. Locking a customer in the shop is not something I would normally do. He said at first, when it went dark, he thought that a fuse had blown."Asked if the customer bought anything after his time in the shop Mr Walker said: "No, but he said he might come back.

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