Woman trapped in Subway fridge for eight hours writes 'help' message in ketchup

She wasn't freed until 7:30AM the next day when other staff arrived at the store

Kate Ng
Sunday 01 November 2015 19:09
She was trapped in the fridge for eight hours
She was trapped in the fridge for eight hours

A Subway employee who was trapped in a chiller in Gloucester for eight hours wrote ‘help me’ messages in ketchup on pieces of cardboard in a desperate attempt to be let out.

Karlee Daubeney, 20, reportedly hoped her scrawled plea would be seen by CCTV operators but failed to get their attention, according to the Gloucester Citizen.

It wasn’t until 7.30am the next day, when staff arrived to open the store, that she was freed.

She told the newspaper she had been working the late shift alone and was putting milk away in the walk-in chiller when the door shut behind her and locked her inside.

Ms Daubeney said she was dressed in only leggings and a Subway shirt, but that the temperature inside the fridge was just a few degrees above zero.

She tweeted after the incident: “Got locked in a f*****g fridge over night for 8 hours and work don’t ask me if I’m okay, they ask if I can work tonight P**S TAKE”.

Miss Daubeney said: “At first I was in a state of panic and I was looking for anything that could have opened the door.

“I was trying to write ‘help’ on pieces of cardboard to slide under the door. I think it was with ketchup or mayonnaise.

“It got to the stage I was so cold I didn’t have the energy to bang on the door and I only had leggings and a Subway top on.

“My muscles became so cold I found it really hard to walk for a few days, I had migraines and dry skin around my nose. When I went to hospital the next day I was told I was close to having hypothermia and I made myself as warm as I could when I got home.”

She claimed to have suffered long-term effects from the ordeal, which took place last December.

She said: “I didn’t leave the house for a long time afterwards as I was suffering from really bad panic attacks – it has been nearly a year and I still suffer from anxiety.

The franchise responsible for the store, CM Ventures, was due to appear before magistrates on Monday. They have been charged with health and safety offences, to which they pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on 26 October.

A Subway spokesman said: “As this case is currently under investigation we are unable to comment further at this stage.”

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