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%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%It may be a dream come true for most fashionistas but one woman was left red-faced after she found herself locked in a Miss Selfridge store in Manchester having spent too long in the changing rooms.

The unnamed shopper dialed 999 after finding the store closed and all the staff gone.
According to the Manchester Evening News, she rang the police shortly before 8pm on Wednesday evening to say that she was trapped inside the Manchester store and needed help.

Luckily, a member of staff came to her rescue so the police were not required to come on the scene.

Greater Manchester Police obviously saw the funny side of the situation tweeting that the 999 call was "odd".

However, this is not the first incidence of customers getting locked into stores after hours.

In March last year, Police responded to an alarm call only to find a couple and their baby locked inside a Sears Outlet store in Bloomfield, Michigan after closing time.

And if you think that was bad, one unlucky late night shopper found herself locked inside a pet store after hours. The woman was accidentally locked into Cleveland Park Petco last October and emergency services had to be called as the manager of the store could not be reached.

When Houston Police were tipped off to an alarm at a convenience store they were expecting to carry out a routine burglary call but when they arrived at the scene they found an intoxicated man stumbling around inside. The man apparently entered the store earlier in the day but passed out in the bathroom and woke up to find the store was closed.

This young woman decided to video her experience after being locked inside a CVS store.The woman received a $100 gift card from CVS (which she was less than happy with).

Note to self: check closing times before entering stores.

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Not many companies have films made about them. But the story of social networking site Facebook attracted enough attention to interest Hollywood, resulting in the 2010 film The Social Network. The interest was not just due to the immense popularity of the Facebook website, which was created in its earliest form by Harvard University student Mark Zuckerburg in 2004, though. It was also a result of the legal wrangling between Zuckerburg and fellow Harvard students Divya Narendra and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who founded the social networking site ConnectU and accused Zuckerberg - who worked for them before creating Facebook - of copying their ideas and coding. In something of a damp squib ending, however, the case was dismissed due to a technicality in March 2007 without a ruling being made.

Most of the companies on this list are household names. However, comparatively few people have heard of Olam International, despite it being one of the world's largest agricultural commodity companies.

In fact, it produces enough cotton to keep everyone in the world in socks (three pairs per person, per year).

Fans of chocolate bars such as Mars are also sure to have consumed chocolate made from beans handled by Olam - they just don't realise it.

Headquartered in Singapore, Olam was founded in 1989. It now purchases ingredients such as coffee and cocoa from around 3.5 million smallholder famers based in emerging markets around the world. This enables it to work with communities in rural Africa and Asia on everything from productivity to environmental impact, resulting in a potentially huge impact on some of the world's poorest people.

Love them or hate them, Starbucks coffee shops are everywhere nowadays. Hardly surprising when you consider that the company has opened an average of two stores a day since 1987 (despite having to close some locations down too).
However, back in 1971 there was just one Starbucks coffee shop, in Seattle, Washington.
Named after Starbuck, the first mate on the whaling ship in the novel Moby Dick, the shop originally sold roasted coffee, but did not brew coffee to sell.
Now, though, you can get everything from a blueberry muffin to a mocha frappuccino from your local Starbucks store.

According to the company the white ribbon was introduced under the name in 1969. When competitors first entered the market, Coke made much of its curved bottle design which distinguished it from those that followed. As fewer and fewer people drank from bottles, the ribbon was produced as an alternative distinctive curve.

According to mokokoma, the apple is the fruit of the tree of knowledge. There is some question as to whether the bite taken out of it is a play on the word byte, symbolism of the fruit being eaten and the knowledge imparted, or just to make it look more like an apple and less like a cherry tomato.

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