Have You Ever Locked Your Keys Inside Your Vehicle?
Outside Looking In
If you're like me you know a lot of folks who have had the misfortune to lock their keys inside their car or truck. We all say, "How dumb can you get?" When the shoe is on the other foot and it happens to us it is altogether a different story, we are surely embarassed to say the least. A few weeks back this happened to me. I had my two grandsons and as kids are prone to do they wanted some candy or bubble gum and being a good paw-paw, I pulled into a convenience store on the outskirts of our little town. My grandsons are 2 and 4 years old and still require safety seats. I got out and unstrapped each from their seats and we went inside to study those shelves stocked with all the goodies little boys love.
I paid the clerk and when we went outside to get back into my truck. Lo and behold, the doors were all locked and not even a windown cracked and I could see the keys in the ignition. The store manager had seen my dllema. Many times he had used a flat tool he kept in the store to assist others successfully. In my case it didn't work so I made the Bell South call to my wife to see if she could locate my spare set of keys. Thank God for cell phones (by the way mine was locked inside my truck and I had to borrow the store cordless) to call my wife. After a reasonable amount of time to allow her to find my keys, I called her back and discovered she was on her way. We live about 10 miles from the store so I knew soon we would be rescued.
I had resigned myself for the wait and was standing beside my truck chastising myself mentally for my follish mistake when I saw the big red firetruck from the city come rolling into the parking lot. I also had called my son to tell him of my situation because he is the father of my two grandsons. He is a barber and cuts most of the city fireman's hair and he had called them to come help me. These guys and one lady fireman soon had my door open using a wedge with a pneumatic cylinder and a flat bar to bump the door lock. It seemed so easy as I watched. I thanked them and loaded up the two grandsons and we were on our way home. I called my wife to tell her the fire department came to our rescue.
Today with the new technology, I could have called On-Star and had my door opened but my subscription ran out and I did not renew. Some vehicles also have a warning if you are about to lock your keys up, if this happened the noise of two excited grandchildren obliviated the noise. It was an experience and in the future you can be sure I will be more careful.