Imagine falling asleep in a bar's restroom, then waking up to find you're locked in the place

Around 4:45 a.m. on April 17, a 911 dispatcher picked up the phone to hear a somewhat frantic woman on the other end - calling from the inside of An Tain on India Street downtown, where she found herself locked in. Firefighters and police were dispatched and were able to talk the woman through opening the door from the inside.

According to police, the woman, after five or six beers and a shot of harder stuff, went into the restroom around 12:45 a.m., went into a stall and fell asleep.

That was good for a citation for over-serving an intoxicated patron and failing to completely clear the premises and a trip to the Boston Licensing Board for a hearing earlier this week. The board voted yesterday, however, that the bar was not to blame.

At the hearing, the bar's owner said the woman did not appear at all drunk that night - and that because she was large, the bartender didn't see anything wrong with the number of drinks she'd been served. Also, the bartender saw the man with whom the woman had come in leaving at closing and assumed that meant she had left as well. After closing time, he knocked on the door of the women's room, got no response and assumed that meant it was empty.



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I understand the issue with a

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I understand the issue with a male employee checking the women's bathroom, but I feel like if they knock on the door and get no response they really should at least open the door and give it a cursory check. Someone could be asleep, as in this case, or could have OD'd on something and be passed out, or worse.


Isn't a major point of checking the restroom at closing to make sure no one is passed out or dead in there? If there's no response, then peak in and look for any feet under the stall. I do think the whole being dragged before the board thing was a bit much, but that's just SOP, I guess... But they couldn't look in? And the board didn't verbally correct this lapse in judgement. Sheesh.

Another reason is for loss

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Another reason is for loss prevention. Particularly in department stores, shoplifters have been known to hide out in restrooms or other hidden areas and help themselves to merchandise once the store closes. What's to stop someone in a bar or club to hide in the bathroom and help themselves to the liquor after closing?

Yup, my first thought was how

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Yup, my first thought was how I'd be sipping some free hangover cure before I even considered how I was going to get out of the joint ;)

I agree

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A visual check is needed. A knock is useless to a deaf or HoH patron.

how long

how long til people get their mads elevated because they referred to the woman as "large"

2 and 25

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two hours, 25 minutes and counting...


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I prefer the word 'thick' as opposed to 'large'. If unsure, always fall back on 'big boned'.


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Adam, you say that like it hasn't happened to at least a few of us before.

How drunk do you have to be

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to need instructions from firefighters and police on how to open a door?

Perhaps I am ignorant in the ways of bar doors. I can't think of much between a key-only deadbolt, in which case you'd be screwed, and some sort of lock that you turned. Perhaps you'd set off a burglar alarm or leave the door unlocked behind you, but under the circumstances that wouldn't be your problem.

No lights

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Probably close to 100% darkness in there. Can't see anything, scared, drunk, easy to see why she needed help.

That was my thinking

I also figured she must have gotten scared in the dark or was afraid of setting off an alarm and being arrested by the police thinking she's trying to rob the place.

But still.... Use your phone as a flashlight and some common sense. It's pretty unlikely (and illegal) for the place to have used locks in which you need a key just to get out. If I pass out on a restaurant toilet I'd want as few people as possible to know once I finally woke up.

Firefighters and police were

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Firefighters and police were dispatched and were able to talk the woman through opening the door from the inside.

I wonder if she was truly locked in was perhaps in some state of inebriation where she couldn't figure how to get herself out.
I ask because I believe there is some sort of law, code, whatever that states establishments must provide the ability to allow a way out of the building even after hours. This is in case there's a fire and there is still people inside. I know the place where I work at one time had placed a chain and padlock on the inside of one of the emergency exit doors and locked it after hours to prevent break ins. Then back quite a while ago, a fire broke out overnight. Needless to say the FD was not to happy about finding the padlocked door. The company ended up being fined. The FD stated as I did above, that if there was some straggler still in the building he or she would have no way of getting out.


...emergency doors work for firefighters as well as patrons, if things go awry.

"Firefighters and police were dispatched and were able to talk the woman through opening the door from the inside."

Got to admit, that is funny.

Rest Room

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Good decision.

The bar made a reasonable effort.

I say she abused the term "restroom"

It happened to me

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But I didn't call for help. Just helped myself to food and drink then left. I was even allowed to smoke in the establishment.

Wow.. Just wow.. This woman

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Wow.. Just wow.. This woman really needs to never drink again.. She cannot handle such a task

5-6 Beers + Shot(s)

Maybe she was drugged but I know I'd be out like a light if I had that much to drink in a short amount of time.

It's possible the guy left annoyed thinking she walked out on him. Who paid the tab?