Man gets locked inside beer cooler - enjoys beer

When he got locked in a beer cave overnight, one man made the best of it.
When he got locked in a beer cave overnight, one man made the best of it. Photo: Shutterstock

Most men will agree - there are worse places to be trapped overnight.

When a Wisconsin man popped to his local bottle shop last week, the store closed and he became locked in the beer cooler. Deciding to make the most of the situation, Jeremy Van Ert settled in and helped himself to a few alcoholic beverages, before being discovered by employees the next morning.

But, instead of paying for the merchandise he sampled during his sleep over, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reports that upon being discovered by staff at Kwik Trip at 6am the 38-year-old simply walked out.

Jeremy Van Ert
Jeremy Van Ert Photo: Marshfield Police Department

Kwik Trip management told local police that after getting locked in the beer cave just before midnight, Van Ert consumed a bottle of beer and three cans of malt beverage. At some point during the night, he managed to fall over a stack of 30-can beer packs, cracking three of them open.

"We never had somebody accidentally locked in a place and not make any attempt to be rescued or get out because they're satisfied with the circumstances," Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza told the Washington Post.

"He just decided to run it out for the night. It had everything that he needed."

Police added that the cooler, which was a chilly zero degrees, had a glass door that Van Ert could have easily knocked on in order to have been let out.

Over on Twitter the general consensus was that being stuck in a beer cooler probably wasn't all bad: 

Others felt the charges against Van Ert should be dropped:


Kwik Trip also weighed in on Twitter, joking that they might need to make their beer caves more comfortable.

Earlier this year, a pair of British teens also found themselves locked in a supermarket overnight, managing to make their way through $500 worth of food and booze before being discovered in the early hours of the morning.