Boy Trapped in Refrigerator Eats Own Foot
TROY, SC — Tragedy befell Troy resident Paul Anderson as he was trapped in a refrigerator for three weeks, forcing him to eat his own foot to survive.
Anderson, attempting to discover whether or not the light inside the refrigerator goes off when the door is closed, climbed into the Maytag and shut the door. To his horror, he discovered that there was no provision for opening the appliance from the inside.
“I banged on the sides to get somebody’s attention, but no one came,” Anderson said.
Anderson, visiting Islamic friends, failed to remember that Ramadan, the traditional month of fasting, was underway.
“Since we’re not supposed to eat [during Ramadan], we didn’t go near the fridge,” said Allah Achmed, one of Anderson’s friends.
Locked in the darkness and cold, Anderson panicked. Remembering the movie Alive he ate his left foot to combat his mounting hunger.
Many have noted that Anderson was surrounded by food in the refrigerator, removing the need for him to eat any of his own body parts.
“Yeah, well, you don’t think about that at the time. You do what you have to do to survive,” said Anderson. “Besides, it wasn’t half bad.”
Anderson was finally rescued when Achmed got ice from the convenient, in-door dispenser and found that the cubes had been carved into letters spelling “let me out.” Achmed immediately opened the door, allowing Anderson to tumble out. Anderson was rushed to Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood and treated after a four-hour wait in the emergency room.
Currently recovering at home, Anderson has filed a $5.3 million lawsuit against Maytag for not providing an escape hatch in the refrigerator. In “light” (ha ha!) of the incident, Maytag has fired its well-known Repair Man.
“I have no functional role with the company, so I’m a convenient scapegoat,” Repair Man said.
Anderson, meanwhile, has begun work on a book about the ordeal entitled, “Terror at 42 Degrees.”
He also manages to remain upbeat, in spite of the incident and the subsequent criticism of his actions.
“Hey, people say I’m always putting my foot in my mouth.”