Wisconsin man gets locked in beer cooler, starts 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 Marshfield man is behind bars after police say he was locked inside a beer cooler at a convenience store, had several drinks, and then fled.

Van Ert was charged with retail theft and accused of drinking an 18-ounce bottle of Icehouse Beer and three cans of Four Loko without paying for it, according to USA Today Network-Wisconsin.

According to police records, the incident happened at the Kwik Trip on Central Avenue in Marshfield.

When police found and arrested the man, he told them he went into the store to buy beer and got locked inside the cooler just before midnight Tuesday.

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

Van Ert remained in the cooler until 6 a.m. Wednesday, when a customer noticed him and alerted employees.

Gramza said Van Ert is now in the Wood County Jail on a probation hold from an unrelated case. He also had fallen over a stack of 30-can beer packs, breaking three of the cases open.

However, police said since the gas station is open 24 hours, Van Ert would have just needed to knock to be let out.

"Most people would try to get out when locked in a 40-degree cooler with shorts on, but he just chose to hang out and drink a few beers", Gramza told McClatchy.

"This is unique, I've been here twenty years".

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