How an umbrella locked tech workers out of their WeWork office for two days

How an umbrella locked tech workers out of their WeWork office for two days

The idea of an umbrella preventing people from going to work for two whole days may at first seem ridiculous. Because it kinda is.

But that’s exactly what happened earlier this week to a group of tech workers using a WeWork space for their business.

So what happened? Well, at some point after leaving the office last Friday, the infamous umbrella took it upon itself to fall over in such a way that it prevented the sliding entrance door from opening.

So when the tech team turned up on Monday to begin work, they realized they had a problem on their hands.

The saga was played out on social media, with everyone and their dog offering possible solutions on how to resolve the tricky matter. But none of them worked.

“The umbrella had locked the door perfectly”

The man whose umbrella caused the chaos has now come forward to tell the story in his own words.

In a piece for Vice, Mike Ponticelli wrote: “Sometimes you’ve got a problem and you see a clear solution. Sometimes you see a problem, and you know the solution will be messy, but there’s still a solution. There was no solution here. The seal was perfect. An umbrella had the door locked perfectly.”

Mike’s buddy, Neeraj, started tweeting about what had happened, prompting a flurry of activity among other users who were convinced they knew how to solve the conundrum.

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