March 21, 2018

Wisconsin man spends night drinking convenience store's beer cooler

28 October 2017, 01:13 | Lionel James

Man locked in beer cooler cited for drinking

The 38-year-old walked into a Kwik Trip store in Marshfield's Central Avenue on Tuesday night and was automatically locked inside the beer cooler when the clock hit midnight

A Wisconsin man who was under court order not to drink alcohol found himself locked inside a beer cooler after hours.

The man was issued a citation for retail theft.

The Daily Tribune reports the man entered the cooler at a Kwik Trip convenience store in Marshfield around 11:50pm.

A customer finally found Van Ert in the beer cooler at 5:50 a.m. - six hours after Van Ert first arrived at the Kwik Trip.

"The subject found himself locked in the beer cooler, knew that Kwik Trip would not sell him any beer, so he chose to remain in the beer cooler", Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza told WAOW-TV.

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Believing he was locked in the cooler for the night, Van Ert decided to make the most of his situation.

"Most people would try to get out when locked in a 40-degree cooler with shorts on, but he just made a decision to hang out and drink a few beers", Gramza told McClatchy. Staff at the store also say the man toppled and damaged three 30-packs of beer. Gramza said Van Ert was put in the Wood County Jail on a probation hold from an unrelated case. When he went into the store's cooler to retrieve his beverage of choice, the cooler door closed behind him, locking him in.

Gramza said in his 20 years in the police field, he hasn't seen anything like this.

The probation hold requires him to be sober.

Kwik Trip officials told police they will review their security.

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