This a bit of a long read, so tldr at the bottom. Also, I would love to read all of your crazy people or asshole stories in the comments
I know something similar has probably happened to a lot of you, but this is the weirdest event to happen to me yet. Also, just so you know, I’ve only been a locksmith for a few years.
So we get a call from a condo company in the area, saying a resident is locked out of his condo. I head that way and eventually find him at the main office, outside, shivering. It was pretty chilly that day and he was probably in his 60s, he looks pitiful. After I confirm who he is and talk to him for a minute, I got this really weird vibe from him, like he was kinda confused about everything. But he did say his meds are locked in the condo, so I didnt read into it much. I dont usually like the idea, but I let him in the warm van and putt over to his building. Once we get up to his floor, I identify the lock (average Schlage deadbolt, no biggie), and get right to work. The lock had a couple spools, which usually isn’t a problem, but for some reason I was having an incredibly hard time feeling for counter-rotation on the tensioner. and sometimes thought I felt it when I wasn’t even applying pressure.
After 10 mins of struggling, I thought I finally had it picked, But it wouldn’t turn, so I turned a little harder, and it started to move, but then I swear it felt like it pushed against me. That threw me off and I let it turn back to the locked position and just stood there, flabbergasted, trying to figure out what the hell that was. I have picked a lot of locks, but never felt on push against my tensioner. My brain goes straight to some kind of electronic lock, but that doesn’t make any sense. Now, thinking I’m crazy, I try again at picking it, while on the phone with my boss, asking him if this was possible. He isn’t the best at visualizing anyway, so he couldn’t figure out what I was even asking. I get it picked again, and the same thing happens and it dawns on me… “Sir, is it possible someone is inside the condo right now?”
I confirmed with the office that this guy is the owner earlier, and I’m at the right door, I’m sure. He says “possibly my wife I guess…” WHAT. He starts knocking loudly and yelling “Mary, are you in there? Mary!” No answer. I explain that SOMEONE is turning the knob inside against me. And that 1: We aren’t getting in with someone on the inside stopping me, and 2: I am NOT opening a door with someone inside, actively trying to keep me out! And I have to keep explaining to him in different ways that it’s not happening. He eventually gets what Im saying and says, “Well, I’m the owner of the condo, not her. I pay for everything.” I’m like, I understand but if your married and so she is also the owner, and even if she wasnt, I cant open that door. Eventually I get the story out of him. They got in a fight last night and he slept in the car overnight cause she kicked him out at like 10pm.
So he wants to go back to the office to ask them what to do. And I felt bad for the guy so I called the sheriffs office and told them everything and asked them to send an officer to help solve this issue. I told her the address and unit number and she pauses, then reads it back to me slowly. Im like, yeah thats all correct. Then she tells me they just dispatched a car to that address. The wife must have called the cops when I almost got it open. I know she knows who it is because her husband was yelling her name through the door earlier. So now I’m wondering what really happened last night. The guy comes out of the office and sits right in my van like he belongs. So I might as well drive him to meet the officer. 2 police cars and the building manager are already there, and he hops out and heads to the elevator and I stay behind in the van as to let them figure it out from there. I had decided long ago that regardless of what happened and who has whatever rights to do whatever didn’t matter to me. I am not opening that door. I only stayed behind in case the officer wanted to talk to me.
The building manager comes out to my van and tell me that I don’t have to stay. She then tells me that this happens with this couple all the time. That they are crazy and constantly doing awful shit to each other. She has gotten numerous complaints about them screaming at each other all the time. She says “just last week she tried to run him over with their car, but missed and just winged him…”. I did notice that his arm was really bruised looking, but didn’t pry. She says that they are in to process of getting them out of her building, and that this could take all day and I should probably just go. To which I did not argue a bit. I didnt even think about payment at that point, I was very ready to take that loss.
Sorry for the wall of text, and poor story telling. TLDR; Old guy wants into his condo, wife is on the inside, turning the knob to keep us out. Call the police, turns out they are kinda crazy and hate eachother. and at least one has attempted vehicular murder on the other.
Some people should just get a divorce.