Woman Escapes Locked Office Bathroom with Help From Hollywood Movie

Karen Perrin used chair to chisel hole in wall to escape after being trapped for eight hours.
3:00 | 12/12/13

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This is a long day at the office for one woman. It turned into a nightmare. She got locked in the office bathroom as she was trying to head home. Trapped for eight desperate hours. It was the longest bathroom break of karen perrin's life. She was working late friday night and decided to make a stop in the ladies room before she went home. What happened when she tried to leave was something she never expected. The handle would not budge. Reporter: She was locked in the bathroom and quickly jumped into action. Jiggling the latch, kicking the door, trying any way to get attention. I decided I should probably try to get the attention of our security team. The security camera that's in the hallway. I began pushing paper towels under the door frame. Reporter: But at 10:30 on a friday night, there was no one there to help. She didn't have her cell phone to call her husband. In her panic, she started executing an escape, inspired by "the shawshank redemption." She used a chair to break off the door handle. And used it to chisel a hole in the wall. I was able to break through at one point. And eventually, able to pick all around that area. And get my hand through. Prayed that door handle was still intact. Reporter: After nearly eight hours, karen was free. Her arm took a beating from all of the action. And she was left with contusions on her hand. She says she's still shaken up. But hopes to someday be able to look back on the experience and smile. I believe that one day we will be able to laugh about this. What are you going to do? You're in there for eight hours. I would be chiselling away. Where is everybody else? Plus, claustrophobic on top of all that. We're looking back at it and laughing now. You said, he could have taught -- from the movie. Took 25 years in "shawshank redemption." She did it in eight hours. One of my top-five movies. You want to talk about the

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