A German DIY enthusiast accidentally walled himself into his own
basement and only managed to escape by drilling his way through to his
neighbours, police said Thursday.
The 64-year-old pensioner in the eastern town of Gumperda had --
inexplicably -- aimed to seal off the entrance to his cellar and went
downstairs armed with bricks, mortar as well as food and drink.
"Whoops, you could say," the police station in nearby Kahla said in a
statement. "He was on the wrong side of the wall when his work was
The pensioner, whose name was not released, spent the weekend trapped
in the basement but on Monday decided to take action.
Using a drill hammer, he went to work not on his own wall but on the
firewall separating his home from his neighbours'.
The neighbours, with whom the pensioner had already been quarrelling
for months, called the police when they heard the loud drilling.
Officers were waiting for the hobby handyman when he broke through to
the other side.
Worse than painting yourself into a corner! 8-)
a French grandmother trapped herself in her bathroom for almost a month,the
door lock broke when she closed it. No windows,no exit,no food,only water.
Neighbors dismissed the banging she made as construction work.
I read it on Fox News online today. she survived,but had to be
Yep. I lived over there for 6 years (two 3 year tours) Those
dividing/fire walls are _thick_. A freshly laid brick wall could have
been pushed down with a bit of effort. I've BTDT with masonry
(amateurly) and destroyed both brick and concrete walls/foundation
with sledge hammer, drilled holes in them using single jack, 3/8"
hammer drills, and the big electric drills you rent (damn senior
momens, can't recall the real name). None of it is easy and those
cops would have gotten _very_ tired waiting for him to come through.
Could have been another Cask of Amontillado.
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for the love of God!"
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