Woman claws to freedom from locked toilet

Last updated 09:32 12/12/2013
Karen Perrin

BREAK FREE: The damage to the bathroom door after Karen Perrin escaped shown in TV images of the scene.

Karen Perrin
BATHROOM DRAMA: Karen Perrin spent a long, panicked night locked in an office bathroom.

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A US woman who found herself locked in an office bathroom overnight chiselled her way to freedom as she drew inspiration from The Shawshank Redemption movie.

Karen Perrin had been working late at her office in Washington DC and made a quick pit stop on her way out. But to her shock she found she'd actually been locked in, ABC News reported.

For eight hours she tried everything she could think of to break out, including pushing paper towels under the door hoping someone might see them.

"I couldn't believe it. I felt hopelessness. I felt like I was going to die in there because of the anxiety I was feeling," she said.

''I probably put 200 towels out. But after nobody came to rescue me I realised I had to do something else."

Perrin found a chair and tried but failed to reached a hatch.

So in a scene straight out the Shawshank Redemption she chipped away at the door, using the chair, her hands and a door handle, until she was able to make a hole big enough to reach through and open the door from the other side.

"I was crying. I felt like I was escaping a bad dream, like when you have a nightmare and you wake up and your heart is pounding and you realise 'Oh, I was just dreaming. Did that just happen. Am I OK?'"

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