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10th Dec 2007, 17:23
Grauniad: Retired teacher has four days in loo

Oh dear what can the matter be?
A retired teacher got stuck in a lavatory,
He was discovered last Thursday (not Saturday),
And nobody knew he was there.

The old school rhyme came true last week when a retired teacher got trapped in a bowling club toilet in Aberdeen for four days after the door jammed behind him.

David Leggat, 55, survived on tap water and fought off the cold by dipping his feet in a basin of warm water. He was eventually freed after the club's cleaner, Cathy Scollay, heard his cries for help and raised the alarm. She said today: "There was no reason for anyone to come looking for him."

Leggat's ordeal began when he went to use the gents at the Kittybrewster and Woodside Bowling Club last Monday. He became trapped because the outside handle of the WC had fallen off. When he went into the building, the inside handle jammed.

Leggat feared he was in for a long wait because the club is rarely used in winter. The retired English and history teacher told Aberdeen's Evening Express newspaper: "I had nothing with me to eat so I sipped cold tap water to keep me going. I did a survival course once and knew I had to keep my feet warm, so I kept running a basin of hot water and putting my feet in to send the heat through my body."

Scollay found Leggat on Thursday morning after hearing his cries. She said: "I just heard a voice shouting, 'I have been locked in here for four days.' I just couldn't believe it."

Scollay could not free the trapped man, so she called the club secretary, who used a screwdriver to open the door. "David looked awfully grey and shaky when he came out," Scollay said. "But he managed to walk up the road to his house." The cleaner said it was the first time she had come across such a situation. "Nothing ever happens here, just bowling," she said.

Leggat told the Evening Express: "At least there was a toilet to use. The only thing I regret is not getting trapped behind the bar." :D:D

10th Dec 2007, 17:33
Poem's good.
Headline's crap. geddit

DX Wombat
10th Dec 2007, 17:38
Hmmm, sounds like Wholi and TNFH have been at it again, locking poor innocent people in the toilet for their own amusement. :uhoh: I speak as one of their earlier victims. :{

Um... lifting...
10th Dec 2007, 18:48
One was once stuck in the stall in the loo at Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in Ikeja, Lagos, State immediately subsequent to sitting for the Air Law Exams. Didn't NEED stall, but urinal was U/S... predictable, really. No handle on inside, but latch and automatic closure fully functioning. Options were:
a) McGyver lock with ballpoint pen from Lufthansa and stick of Dentyne (McGyver's a crock).
b) Climb over (probably shards of broken glass on top and the thing was very high indeed).
c) Crawl under (if you've ever been in a 3rd world loo, you'd dismiss this out of hand).
d) Wait patiently for sound of approaching male footsteps and ask to be released.
5 or so minutes later, back on the street with all intact... except dignity...:O

BAMRA wake up
10th Dec 2007, 19:28
Poor bu**er -

when he got out he had to face Aberdeen again!

Richard Taylor
10th Dec 2007, 19:57
Dull, wet, grey, uninspiring...& outside wasn't much better! :hmm:

BAMRA wake up
10th Dec 2007, 20:13
Richard, one wonders if Donald Trump had allowed for the weather in the north east in his - hanging in the balance meantime - golf resort plans.
(Surprised that hasn't been a JB topic yet!)

From my brief sojourns in the granite city, it's good when it's good but really bad when it's bad. You get a great warm foehn wind from the west sometimes (and not so great crosswind at Dyce) - that compensates for the fog.

Richard Taylor
11th Dec 2007, 12:49
If he arrives in the wind he'll need to nail down his wig!!!