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Man locked inside supposed 24-hour fitness center

For Dan Hill, 24 Hour Fitness in Logan, Utah was more like the Hotel California: he could check in any time he liked, but he couldn't leave.

As reported by Hill on his Facebook page and further by KUCW TV in Salt Lake City, Hill stopped by the gym late last Saturday night to go for a swim, like he usually does.  But when he went to leave, he discovered the entrance was locked -- and there was no one else inside the facility.

So what do you do when you're locked inside a business?  Post it to your social media, of course. 

“I am literally locked inside 24 Hour Fitness right now," Hill posted to his Facebook, along with three smiling selfies of him alone inside the massive facility.  "They closed the doors and went home while I was swimming my laps in the pool. Doesn’t the name suggest that they stay open 24 hours?”

After calling family and friends for advice -- his wife told him to "find a comfortable place to sleep" -- Hill finally called 911 and explained the situation.  Soon, three laughing police officers came to his rescue.

For their part, 24 Hour Fitness offered an apology to Hill, but also noted that they recently changed their hours at some facilities, including his, and that there was a note on the door informing patrons that the facility closed at midnight on Saturdays.

No worries -- Hill says there are no hard feelings on his part.  Although his latest Facebook selfie from the gym's pool as he swims laps does include a printed sign placed at poolside: a big red arrow pointing downward with the words "I'M HERE" printed in block letters.

In the caption, Hill writes, "Maybe this is a workable solution..."

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