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Oklahoma man gets stuck inside Aldi after employee LEAVES without checking for customers

An Oklahoma man found himself stuck inside an Aldi supermarket after the lone working employee locked up and left for the night without checking for remaining customers. 

The man, who goes by Khaos Blackmetal on TikTok, found himself locked inside the Aldi with another customer in April of 2020 – however he only just shared footage of his unexpected experience online. 

On Tuesday, he shared a video of the incident, revealing that he had to call the police — who in turn called the store manager — to free him and his fellow accidental prisoner after the only staff member on duty left them locked inside the store.

An Oklahoma man found himself stuck inside an Aldi supermarket after the lone working employee locked up and left for the night without checking for remaining customers

While he could have unlocked the door, the alarm was engaged, so he called the police

While he could have unlocked the door, the alarm was engaged, so he called the police

 ‘During the pandemic, Aldi closed early and the cashier neglected to make sure no customers were left in the store,’ he explained.

It’s unclear why there was only one employee on duty at the time, however it is possible that the store was experiencing staffing shortages amid the pandemic.  

He went on to share several clips of himself in the empty store. 

‘I just got locked in an Aldi. And they don’t close ’til like, nine o’clock,’ he explains as he pans to his watch — which shows that it was still only 8:45 p.m.

‘The cashier literally didn’t even check for customers before leaving,’ he added in the comments section. 

‘I was waving at the casher at the window with the lights on in the store as I watched her drive away.’ 

'I was waving at the casher at the window with the lights on in the store as I watched her drive away,' he said

‘I was waving at the casher at the window with the lights on in the store as I watched her drive away,’ he said

While he and the other customer waited for about a half hour, the man enjoyed his time in the store, picking up some wine and beer

While he and the other customer waited for about a half hour, the man enjoyed his time in the store, picking up some wine and beer

While he and the other customer waited for about a half hour, the man enjoyed his time in the store, picking up some wine and beer

The man showed a closeup of the door, which had a lock that he could have opened from inside — however, it would have set off the alarms and would likely have meant quite a bit of trouble for him. 

‘I had to call 911 because the alarm was activated and I can’t get out. But I don’t have to worry about starving to death because there’s plenty of food and there’s also a bunch of alcohol,’ he said.

While he and the other customer waited for about a half hour, the man enjoyed his time in the store. 

‘Can anybody hear me?’ he yelled into the empty shop, laughing. ‘I’m locked in an Aldi!’ 

'The dispatcher laughed at us and he was cracking up the whole time outside while we waited on the manager,' the man said

'The dispatcher laughed at us and he was cracking up the whole time outside while we waited on the manager,' the man said

‘The dispatcher laughed at us and he was cracking up the whole time outside while we waited on the manager,’ the man said

He also picked out a six-pack of beer and a bottle of wine, which he says was polished off before police arrived.

His clip ended with a pair of officers entering the store to let them out.  

‘The dispatcher laughed at us and he was cracking up the whole time outside while we waited on the manager,’ the man said.

‘The manager was confused and [the] cop was laughing,’ he added.

While the man’s experience was certainly unusual, he is not the first customer to get locked in a business by careless employees.

In January 2020, Dan Hill from Sandy, Utah got locked inside a 24 Hour Fitness when the gym closed for the night

In January 2020, Dan Hill from Sandy, Utah got locked inside a 24 Hour Fitness when the gym closed for the night

Ghost town: He finished swimming laps after midnight and soon realized he was alone

Ghost town: He finished swimming laps after midnight and soon realized he was alone

The gym had recently changed its hours, closing from midnight to 4 a.m., but it seems no one did a sweep of the property before closing

The gym had recently changed its hours, closing from midnight to 4 a.m., but it seems no one did a sweep of the property before closing

In January 2020, Dan Hill from Sandy, Utah got locked inside a 24 Hour Fitness that was not, in fact, open for 24 hours. 

It was after midnight when he finished his workout, climbing out of the pool where he was swimming laps.

But he soon noticed that save for himself, the gym was entirely empty, with the staff having left and locked up for the night without knowing he was still inside.

Dan shared what happened on Facebook, posting photos of himself in the dark, empty gym.

‘I am literally locked inside 24 hour fitness right now,’ he wrote. 

‘They closed the doors and went home while I was swimming my laps in the pool. Doesn’t the name suggests that they stay open 24 hours?’

'I honestly couldn't believe they would have left without making sure that a giant place like that was empty,' he said

‘I honestly couldn’t believe they would have left without making sure that a giant place like that was empty,’ he said

The gym had recently changed its hours, closing from midnight to 4 a.m. Dan had turned up late on Saturday to ‘burn off a little stress.’

Dan added that he was ‘walking around trying to figure out how to get out,’ including a photo of himself shrugging in the empty gym.

Speaking to Insider, Dan said he was ‘completely baffled’ by the turn of events.

‘I honestly couldn’t believe they would have left without making sure that a giant place like that was empty,’ he said. 

The only way out was a door that would have set off a security alarm, so Dan called the local police for help and waited for about two hours to be rescued.

‘So, I called dispatch and the guy pauses for like 10 seconds and says “You’re where?” And I said, “I’m in 24 Hour Fitness, and there’s an alarm system here and I don’t want to get busted for breaking and entering,’ he told ABC4 News

While he waited, his called his wife, who told him to ‘find a comfortable place to sleep.’ 

24 Hour Fitness apologized and said 'we clearly did not do a good job of our closing procedures for this club' (Dan pictured smiling with police who helped him)

24 Hour Fitness apologized and said ‘we clearly did not do a good job of our closing procedures for this club’ (Dan pictured smiling with police who helped him) 

Eventually, police came to get him out, and Dan posed for a celebratory picture with the three officers.

‘I just thought it was kinda funny at the start. You know, it was kinda like Home Alone,’ he said. ‘Like oh my gosh. I have this gym to myself.’

After the story went viral, 24 Hour Fitness apologized in a statement.

‘On behalf of 24 Hour Fitness, we apologize to Mr. Hill and the unfortunate experience he had in the 24 Hour Fitness Sandy club, 10365 South 1300 East, when it closed Saturday evening,’ the statement said. 

‘We made the decision recently to close select clubs in the overnight hours of 12:00 to 4:00 a.m. based upon low usage, among other factors. In doing so, we have been helping members locate to nearby clubs that are open during the overnight hours. 

‘We clearly did not do a good job of our closing procedures for this club on Saturday night and will reinforce our club procedures so that this incident doesn’t occur in the future. We continue to be committed to providing our members and guests with the best possible fitness experience at a great value.’

Dan didn’t hold a grudge, telling Insider: ‘Everyone makes mistakes. This was just funny enough to be interesting I guess.’


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