Saturday, May 08, 2010
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way.....
To the bookstore! I needed to go into the bookstore to buy a gift and "the man" wanted to go verify electronic prices at Best Buy. There were groceries in the car that needed to stay cool, so never thinking it would be a problem, the car engine was left running and the remote was removed and the car was locked.
Well guess what, on this particular car, IF the engine is running and the key is in the ignition, the door will NOT unlock. No security officer cruising the parking lot. What to do? Call AAA, well that was a possibility. But when going to call someone, the manager of the bookstore mentioned that the sheriff of that particular county, as a courtesy to its citizens, would come to unlock the car. Wow, who knew?
Low and behold, in about ten minutes, an officer showed up. He had a gizmo that looked like a broken off knife blade or something, to me. He tried and tried. No good. So, he called for a backup. Now it is getting dicey. People are looking. I'm being very, very quiet so as NOT to agitate an already tense situation.........
The second officer shows up with a bladder like device which is inserted in the edge of the door. It is then blown up with air which allows the officer to reach in with something that looks like a bent coat hanger and the door is unlocked.
It worked, finally.
I stood in amazement at the fact that (1) they came, (2) that they persisted, and (3) that they were so polite and courteous. Not a penny exchanged hands. No charge. I commented about it for hours.
And, I also secretly thanked my lucky stars that I wasn't the one to have come up with the idea in the first place.