Woman Survives 20 Days Locked in Bathroom Neighbors thought banging on pipes was construction work By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Nov 25, 2010 11:36 AM CST 10 comments Comments A woman in Paris survived 20 days locked in a bathroom. (©cloudsoup) (Newser) – Not news: A 69-year-old woman locks herself in the bathroom. News: She ends up trapped for 20 days ... and survives. The Paris woman’s door lock jammed, leaving her stranded with no window or phone and only tap water to subsist on. She tried banging on pipes to get attention, but neighbors thought the noise was construction work—and started a petition against it, the BBC reports. She was rescued, alive but weak, after people who realized they hadn’t seen her in a while alerted authorities.