Not even “opening a ticket” could fix this one.
Employees at a company based in WeWork offices were thwarted when they tried to turn up to work earlier this week but found the glass door well and truly blocked shut.
One look on the floor inside the office showed the culprit to be a rogue umbrella that had fallen on the ground at the most awkward spot possible.
My friend’s entire company is locked out of their WeWork office because an umbrella fell, jamming the door.— Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) September 17, 2019
No one can figure it out. It’s been like this for 2 days. pic.twitter.com/ggaUkgYRFR
Neeraj K Agrawal posted a picture of the predicament – which had lasted for two days at the time – on Twitter, saying: “No one can figure it out.”
The tweet quickly went viral, with people offering their own – helpful and unhelpful – solutions to get into the room:
Clearly none of the people in this thread have broken into anything. This is a 40 second problem tops.— Vlatko Babić (@sdeslav) September 17, 2019
2 days? Is everyone that works there completely incompetent? None of you can operate a wire or slim jim? No millennial there capable of looking up a locksmith on their fancy phones? I would fire every one of you if I owned this buisinuss...wtf— Massv (@Massvwatches) September 17, 2019
isn't just destroying the door less costly than two full days out of office lol or are they working from home— CRONK (@CryptoCronkite) September 17, 2019
OMFG— Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) September 17, 2019
Stick a jimmy between the gap in the sliding doors, and knock the handle end of the umbrella out of the way.
Brick— j son unique (@jaydestro) September 17, 2019
Ooh, I know this one. Fill the office full of water and the umbrella will float away and bingo - the door can now open.— Jon Adair (@jonadair) September 17, 2019
Or the We Work solution: pile up a big stack of cash next to the glass, light it on fire, and wait for everything to collapse.
Wire hanger from the dry cleaners, slip into crack, push put umbrella.— Polybius Champion🐂💨 (@PolybiusChamp) September 17, 2019
Lift the nose of the umbrella upward with a thin rigid object such as a ruler, coat hanger, or fossilized cat penis— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) September 17, 2019
Screwdriver to lift door and a slim jim (flat metal strip that used to be used for unlocking cars) to push umbrella, or jimmy door completely off its track.— William Strunk, Jr. (@cdrusnret) September 18, 2019
Turning the building on its side and shaking it would work also.
I knew that engineering degree would come in handy.
Mr Agrawal said that despite the numerous tweets advising for the glass to be smashed, employees were working somewhere else.
He said: “There’s nothing important in there. It’s 2019. Computers are portable now. Work just moved to a different office.”
Mr Agrawal later sent an update on the umbrella situation: Rather than breaking the glass, an engineer drilled a hole in the ceiling and lifted the umbrella out of the way using wire.