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Two pals got accidentally locked in at a branch of supermarket chain Aldi during a shopping trip for bread and milk.
Sarah Sinclair, 27, went to the local branch of the store in Redcar, Teesside, with her boyfriend's brother Luke Miller, 25.
However, while they checked out the aisles, staff finished their shifts and shut the supermarket with customers still inside.
By the time the pair got to the tills on December 27, 2021, they suddenly noticed that everyone had gone home except for them.
They ended up calling 101, and left via a fire escape, but where trapped for around 30 minutes beforehand.
There is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of store staff, and the trapped pair have been able to see the funny side of their ordeal.
Sarah said: "When we first arrived there were people in there and staff at the checkouts.
"We were just wandering around shopping and didn't pay attention until we went to pay and I started to think 'where's the staff'?
"Then we noticed a beeping but at the time, I just wanted my bread and milk so I hadn't thought anything of it – I had barely even noticed the sound.
"We started looking around – I turned to Luke and he said 'oh no'. We couldn't believe it and I was laughing so hard I thought I'd pee until I started thinking 'but what do we actually do?'.
"When all the doors were locked I started thinking I'd have to open a drink off the shelf.
"But I also thought about how there would probably be a bed among the stuff in the middle aisle so we'd be ok!
"Eventually Luke called 101 and the police told us to try the fire doors – we ended up having to go into the stock room at the back to find one that opened, and finally we got out.
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"The manager called Luke into the store in the following days and gave him a bunch of flowers and a crate of lager as an apology.
"At the time we had no idea what would happen but looking back we just find it funny.
"I have no idea how it happened and how nobody saw us in there because we weren't hiding – but we got out in the end!"
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Luke said the store manager called him into the store the day later, and gave him a bunch of flowers and a create of lager as an apology.
The Daily Star has contacted Aldi for comment.
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