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#1 Hum

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 14:18

NASHVILLE – A Tennessee restaurant owner was found dead after apparently accidentally locking himself inside a walk-in cooler, Fox 17 reports.

47-year-old Jay Luther was found early Monday by an employee at Germantown Cafe East, the restaurant Luther co-owned.

Police say the restaurant had lost power Friday, so the employees had placed food inside the cooler along with dry ice to keep it cool. When the power came back on Sunday, Luther apparently went inside the cooler to retrieve it and became trapped.They say it appears a button opening the cooler from the inside may have been broken.

Authorities say Luther may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of the dry ice.

Family members tell Fox 17 Luther was a family-oriented man who had a passion for cooking.

“Cooking was his passion it was his life and he passed away doing what he liked to do he was getting ready to prepare the next meal," Luther's brother-in- law, Peter Ruf told Fox 17.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:59

Wow, only in the movies.

or in real life in this case....


wait, looks too innocent to be accidental...how much is the wife getting again?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:02

He must of got an old freezer becuase they come with safety device so you cannot do that anymore.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:05

and the yelp reviews will get worse now!!!!!!

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:23

He must of got an old freezer becuase they come with safety device so you cannot do that anymore.

They come with a safety device that stops the safety button from breaking?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:04

From working in a supermarket many moons ago I can confirm that this is entirely plausible, particularly in the old style "refrigerated container" type jigs. The button inside the freezer used to frequently fail. We had a guy stuck in there for an hour and he looked like Jack Frost by the time we realised he was missing. Lucky he had his freezer kit on from working on the shop floor.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:11

What a bad design when it can have obvious safety implications. Why even have locks on a Freezer, just have a normal door handle, and if security is required make an external lock which is not integrated with the door mechanism.

If he was aware that the inside switch was broken, then I guess it's his own fault for not getting it fixed since he was the owner.

I'm also guessing that the Freezer would act as a Faraday cage so mobile phone's won't work.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:13



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Posted 20 June 2012 - 15:28

At least he had all the ice cream he could eat.


More seriously, freezers need some sort of panic alarm button to press, or a intercom.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 00:56

Yeah, this can easily happen with those old freezers. A friend of mine got stuck in for for about 20 minutes. He was panicking by the time they got him out.