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A couple panicked they'd spend Christmas locked in a Currys PC World after staff failed to notice them as they closed the store.
Nathan Bamping, 19, and Olivia Johnson, 18, popped into a White City branch of the retailer to get some last-minute shopping done.
They decided to try out the F1 2020 racing sim on Xbox Series X, and became so engrossed in their gaming they didn't notice almost an entire hour had passed.
When they finally snapped out of their trance and tried to leave, they found the shop empty and the doors locked.
"As we walked around looking for an exit, we were triggering all these alarms," Nathan told The Sun.
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"I tried to call a Currys helpline but couldn't get through. I rang my mum in a panic, but she didn't know what to do either.
"We started to wonder if we might be stuck in there for Christmas. It was like Home Alone, but set in a Currys store."
The couple were comforted by the fact they'd have plenty of TV and video games to occupy them if they did have to spend the festive period inside the shop.
But luckily a manager was alerted to the alarms and let them out after only 40 minutes.
Despite finding the experience "quite scary", Nathan and Olivia soon saw the funny side — and even went back and ordered the same Xbox Series X that had so captivated them.
Currys PC World have promised the couple a free controller as an apology.
"Our stores are designed to be palaces of discovery where customers can demo and interact with amazing tech," a spokesperson said.
"As part of our end-of-day store closing process our colleagues check for any remaining customers before locking up.
"In this instance, our usual stringent processes fell short and we missed two customers who were in a covered gaming simulation.
"We have apologised to the customers and as a gesture of goodwill, we've offered a free controller to go with the console they have ordered from us."
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