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Man trapped in gas station cooler stays overnight, drinks beer

28 October 2017

A 38-year-old Wisconsin man who got locked in a convenience store's beer cooler overnight didn't despair: He chose to enjoy the experience, according to police.

Authorities said Van Ert walked inside the Marshfield Kwik Trip on Central Avenue on Tuesday night, before midnight. The man said he decided he might as well just stay inside the cooler and drink the beer, the report said.

Van Ert drank 3 cans of Four Loko and a 18oz Icehouse Beer while in the cooler, according to the police report.

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Van Ert remained in the cooler until 6 a.m. Wednesday, when a customer noticed him and alerted employees. Before he was able to buy the beer, however, he was accidentally locked inside the store's beer cooler.

Marshfield cops say the 38-year-old was on probation when he entered a Kwik Trip convenience store and somehow managed to get trapped in the cooler when it locked automatically at midnight. He also knocked over and busted three 30-packs of Busch Light.

He was later arrested and taken into custody at the Wood County Jail on a probation hold in an unrelated case. When he went into the store's cooler to grab the beverages, he says the cooler door locked behind him.

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Police said that's when he left the store without paying for what he damaged and consumed.

The probation hold requires him to be sober.

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Man trapped in gas station cooler stays overnight, drinks beer