Man spends night in curry house cellar after nodding off on the way to the loo

Benjamin Brennan woke up in the pitch black, holding a champagne bottle.

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A man managed to get himself locked overnight inside a curry house after falling asleep in a cellar on the way to the toilet.

Benjamin Brennan, 32, woke up startled in the pitch black, holding a champagne bottle.

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He turned the music up full blast to try and get someone's attention as his phone was dead, before pouring himself a pint and waiting to be rescued.

Benjamin had gone to Indigo Indian restaurant in Bury for dinner on Saturday night after a long day of partying to celebrate his friend's Baby Shower, the Manchester Evening News reports.

He and his friend's mum were the last to leave the restaurant after enjoying their meal.

But as they waited outside for a taxi, nature called and he ran back inside to use the bathroom.

Credits: Manchester Evening NewsManager Ziggy Miah with Benjamin Brennan


When the taxi pulled up, helpful staff went to look for him in the toilet but Benjamin had disappeared.

His friend's mum assumed he had already left and went home.

But in actual fact Benjamin, who lives in Droylsden, hadn't gone anywhere and found himself a spot to snooze in an unused room in the restaurant's cellar.

Credits: Manchester Evening News

Manager Ziggy Miah said he has no idea how Benjamin ended up where he did - but the kindly manager was still able to act as an unlikely knight in shining armour.

He added: "You can imagine my shock getting a phone call at 6am, I thought someone was having me on.

Reliving his unusual ordeal, he explained: "I woke up in the pitch black still holding the champagne bottle I'd bought to take back to my friend's mum's. I had no idea where I was and managed to find some stairs which went up to the restaurant.

"I found the lights and switched them on and turned the music on full blast, hoping someone would see me and let me out.

"My phone was dead and I couldn't get the landline to work, I didn't realise I had to press 9 for an outside line.

"I poured myself a pint, leaving the money for it on the bar, and went and sat in the window, trying to get the attention of anyone that went past, but it didn't work."

Benjamin didn't want to risk setting off alarms, and wanted people to realise he was trying to get out, not in.

He continued: "I found the lights and switched them on and turned the music on full blast, hoping someone would see me and let me out.

"After a while I was still sat there, I'd had another pint, cleaned the drip tray and left the money for it, and started kicking the window to try and wake up the neighbours.

"It worked – a guy came over and I was trying to mouth to him that I was stuck inside and needed him to call police.

"Not long after the manager turned up and set me free – he even called my friend's mum and took me to her house."

Credits: Manchester Evening News

Manager Ziggy Miah (pictured above with Benjamin) said he has no idea how Benjamin ended up where he did - but the kindly manager was still able to act as an unlikely knight in shining armour.

He added: "You can imagine my shock getting a phone call at 6am, I thought someone was having me on.

Credits: Manchester Evening News


"He was very merry, and had been having himself a bit of a party to try and get someone's attention.

"I really have no idea how he ended up where he did. No one even uses that room."

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