Acupuncture patient says she was locked in office

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Police in Bellingham, Wash., say an acupuncture patient called 911 for assistance after she says clinic workers apparently forgot about her and locked up the office.

Police spokesman Mark Young says the 47-year-old woman told police she still had acupuncture needles in her back Tuesday evening when she decided the clinic had closed. She told police she pulled out the needles and tried to leave but the doors were locked. Young says the woman set off motion detector alarms while trying to get out and finally called 911 for help at about 7:30 p.m.

Police responded and were able to get her out of the office. Police did not identify the woman.

The Bellingham Herald says a call to the clinic on Wednesday was returned by a lawyer who declined comment.