After getting stuck in the restaurant’s fridge in December 2014, U.K. Subway employee Karlee Daubeney reportedly wrote “help me” in ketchup on cardboard in the hopes it would be seen by CCTV operators. Now, the 20-year-old is suing the company.
Despite her plea, Daubeney was not unlocked from the fridge until eights hours later, after a colleague found her at 7:30 a.m. the next morning, the Gloucester Citizen reports.
“At first I was in a state of panic and I was looking for anything that could have opened the door,” Daubeney, 20, told the Gloucester Citizen. “I was trying to write ‘help’ on pieces of cardboard to slide under the door. I think it was with ketchup or mayonnaise.”
Daubeney reportedly got so cold that it was difficult to walk for a few days following the incident. Doctors reported that she had nearly experienced hypothermia.
“I only had leggings on and a Subway top … I had migraines and dry skin around my nose,” Daubeney said.
Daubeney added that she still feels anxious about the event. She explained that the experience was even more terrifying because she was on a shift alone and because the restaurant’s windows had been kicked in a few weeks prior.
Daubeney sued CM Ventures, the franchise responsible for the store, for allegedly breaking workplace health and safety laws by not ensuring the safety and welfare of its employees, Fox News reports. The franchise entered a not guilty plea at a hearing on Oct. 26 and appeared before magistrates on Nov. 2.