Getting locked out of your car is something that has happened to many of us at least once. Hopefully, the experience wasn’t too bad, but it’s hard to see a situation where this wouldn’t lead to a headache. Some people avoid this dilemma entirely by cleverly hiding a spare somewhere on the car’s exterior, but this plan doesn’t sit well for others. Many of these people just feel that there is something inherently wrong with having a set of easily-accessible keys on the outside of the car, regardless of how well it’s hidden.
The simplest, but often expensive, solution to the problem is calling a locksmith. In this story, the locksmith’s technique for getting into the car will be forever etched into his memory.
“I’ll preface this by saying I’m usually not a stupid man but I was at the end of my third 16-hour shift in a row and I was very tired. I’ll make this quick:
I got off work, went out to my car, hit the button for the doors on my remote unlocker – as usual. Nothing happened. I tried it a few more times, battery must be dead. I stand there for 10 minutes, mashing the little button, hoping for enough juice to open the doors. Nada.
“I call a locksmith, explain that I’m locked out of my car. He says he’ll be right over. 20 minutes later he arrives. He walks up with his tools, inserts a thing that looks like a blood pressure cuff in the door jamb. He starts making conversation as it inflates, pushing the door open:
‘So locked your keys in the car? No problem sir, I’ll have it open in a minute.’
‘No, my keys are right here, my key fob is dead,’ I replied.
“He stops and for about 10 seconds doesn’t say a word. He sees my keys in my hands. Takes them from me, inserts them in the lock and opens the door.
I was mortified. I was so in a habit of opening the doors with my remote fob that I entirely forgot that keys could be used to unlock cars manually. He started laughing so hard I thought he was going to have an aneurysm. After he stopped laughing, he told me there was no charge. The story he’d have to tell was worth the drive out.”
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