TITUSVILLE, Florida. – A woman who is trying to buy a birthday card called the police when she was accidentally barricaded in a CVS store in the middle of Florida.
Lillian Rimmel stopped at a Titusville CVS at 9:50 pm, Friday to make a quick purchase, not aware of the shop was to close. As they walked in the direction of the check-out just after 10 p.m., they triggered a motion sensor alarm and barricaded themselves in. A metal security gate blocked the front entrance as sirens blared.
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“I started screaming,” Is everyone here? Can someone help me?'” she said.
Florida Today reports Rimmell was afraid that someone mistake her for a burglar, so she stood in front of a security camera and called the police. She contacted the manager to come and let her out.
“I was so nervous that I did something wrong. I didn’t know how this could happen. I was dumbfounded,” she said.
Rimmell says that there is no notice warning the store was closing.
She said that she did not know how that store employees might have missed out on her. She is 6 feet tall and said that she could look over all of the partitions.
“I can about each and every one of the aisles, so I don’t know how they didn’t see me,” she told the newspaper. “No one said anything to me.”
The police responded to her 911 call and waited for the manager to come. They helped calm > down and said that there was no misconduct by anyone.
A store manager said she couldn’t comment, but CVS spokesperson Mike DeAngelis said in an e-mail Monday that the company’s “sincere apologies” for the incident.
“We are reinforcing the proper store closing procedures with all of our stores in order to prevent this from happening again,” DeAngelis said.