Woman accidentally locked self in bathroom for three weeks

Epinay-sous-Senart, Paris: A French woman spent two weeks trapped in her own bathroom after a door lock broke and her cries for help fell on deaf ears.

Rescue workers who broke into her home found her in what was described as a “very weakened” state. She had survived on drinking warm tap water – at night she banged on pipes in the hope of alerting her neighbors to her terrible predicament, it turns out they thought that it was just someone doing repair work in the house. They even launched a petition to find out who was behind all the commotion so that they could have it stopped.

In the end, it was her absence, rather than her nocturnal cries for help that got people worried. She is currently recuperating in hospital.

Now, I don’t want to go and cast dispersions on her survival instincts or anything, but I am a little surprised that she couldn’t find her way out of her own bathroom. Granted, the lock was broken, but interior doors (bathroom doors included) are generally pretty flimsily constructed – and the locks are only designed to withstand accidental intrusion… three weeks without food puts a person on the verge of death, you’d think that she would have tried to batter her way out with the toilet cistern cover, or jimmied the lock with an empty tube of toothpaste… or flooded the apartment if she was not physically capable of getting out via brute force. [News.com.au]


C.S. Magor is the editor-in-chief and a reporter at large for We Interrupt and Uberreview. He currently resides in the Japanese countryside approximately two hours from Tokyo - where he has spent the better part of a decade testing his hypothesis that Japan is neither as quirky nor as interesting as others would have you believe.
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  • RockMonkeyz
    17 May 2011 at 4:49 am
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     Morse code would have came in handy…

  • Tom
    19 May 2011 at 10:33 pm
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    • Stephen Aaron Ham
      25 May 2011 at 3:02 am
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      What a coincidence… My face looked the same way, LOL!

  • Redshuz
    2 June 2011 at 4:45 pm
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    We used to have  a bathroom door that did that occasionally. let me tell ya, even if your in the other room, it’s easy to ignore someone banging on the door, really not surprised her neighbors didn’t pay any mind to her.

  • an american in france
    21 August 2011 at 2:15 pm
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    Just thought i’d point out construction in France is mostly quite old.  This means very thick stone walls and heavy doors.  The ‘flimsy interior doors’ mostly come from places like Home Depot or Lowe’s but in places where they take pride in their work (or did 300 years ago when when they were building) it would be quite possible to become trapped in a room that was much too sturdy to escape

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