While the sudsy sleepover of sorts sounds like the happiest of accidents, authorities in the central Wisconsin town accuse Van Ert of intentionally trapping himself in the cooler because he knew employees at the convenience store wouldn't serve him, according to a report by local news station WAOW 9. Police later arrested him and charged him with retail theft, saying he could have knocked on the cooler's glass door to get the store employees' attention.
"The subject found himself locked in the beer cooler, knew that Kwik Trip would not sell him any beer, so he decided to remain in the beer cooler," said Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza, per the report. "This is unique, I've been here twenty years. I've heard of people being locked inside of buildings, never inside of a beer cooler."