I’m sure it’s not just me… Has anyone had any experiences in locksmithing where it feels like some sort of weird game? Let me give you a few examples:
Customer brings in an old box with a 3-digit combo for us to decode. We take the the box in, let them know we will call for pickup. A short time later, I’m inspecting the box and find a number written on the bottom. Of course it works as the combo.
Customer wants me to rekey his house, but he lost the front door keys. I’m trying and trying to pick the lock, doesn’t fucking work. Drop one of my picks and it almost falls through the gap between the wood on his deck. I notice something below; it’s a key. I fish it out and it works for the front door.
At a job where I have to rekey a house and make keys for an old Triumph TR8. I’m working at getting the ignition lock off and drop a screw. I’m looking for the screw and I find a set of keys under the floor mat. Between the two keys, they worked in all the locks.
Customer brings in a safe that they forgot the combo to. I’m waiting for our safe tech and just spinning the dial, attempting to hear anything. I have pressure on the handle. When tne dial gets to 50, the safe opens. Upon inspection, someone had remove the wheel pack.
So those are just a few examples of something that happened to me where it feels like it would have been a scenario in a game. I actually wanted to be a locksmith when I was a kid because of a game (Heroes Quest), so these sort of situations always bring a huge stupid grin to my face.
Has anyone here experienced anything similar?