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Restaurant employee gets trapped in ceiling trying to retrieve keys

A Ninety-Nine restaurant worker got trapped in the ceiling while trying to retrieve his car keys. Credit: cheeser359/Flickr A Ninety-Nine restaurant worker got trapped in the ceiling while trying to retrieve his car keys. Credit: cheeser359/Flickr

An employee of Ninety-Nine Restaurant in Hudson had a rough day at work Sunday when he tried to climb into the ceiling to retrieve his car keys, and subsequently got stuck.

The employee had accidentally locked his keys in the manager's office, and attempted to climb through the basement ceiling just over the kitchen in order to retrieve them. He became stuck climbing over the roof joists shortly before closing Sunday night.

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Hudson Fire Chief John Blood told the MetroWest Daily Newsthat it wasn't clear how long the man was trapped before authorities reached him, but that it took around 20 minutes to free the man from the pipes and scaffolding.

"Our guys had to undo some conduit bolt pipes to get him out," said Blood.

"This was a strange call," said Blood, who said the restaurant was quiet because it was nearly closing time.

Though he complained of some numbness, the man refused treatment.

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