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Bank Lock-in!

BUNGLING bank staff locked-up their branch and went home for the night forgetting that a customer was still inside waiting to be served.

Poor Graeme McHallum was left stranded alone inside the Bank of Scotland in Stranraer, after a young female member of staff left him in a room and forgot about him.

Red-faced bank chiefs have since apologised to Graeme and admitted it is the first time a customer has ever been locked in one of their branches.

Graeme (27), re-lived his ordeal this week, saying:

"Before I realised what was happening, it was too late. All the staff had shut up shop and gone home for the evening.

"As soon as I started wandering around, motion sensors detected me and the bank's security systems kicked into action."

Thankfully, however, a slice of good fortune led to him being rescued relatively quickly. As the alarm bells rang out, he dashed to the front window where, by chance, he spotted one of the bank workers across the road.

Alerted by the commotion, she shouted in to him through the window, telling him he would have to wait for a keyholder to come and get him out.

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