Just got off the phone. The lady went on for about ten minutes about
how she's having stuff turn up missing, and finding her door wide
open. I wonder if she's off her meds? But she would like me to come
out and rekey her locks, and wants to know if I can do it when she's
not there.... She goes on about how her house title is jammed up, and
she's got neighbors stealing from her, and on and on.
This oughta be interesting.
Everyone has one of these. When I was an apprentice we had a lady that
would call up wanting her locks keyed up as someone had come in and left the
toilet seat up and the next time they had been tampering with her
I saw somewhere that a woman had seven locks on her door then had an
eighth fitted, but she still thought intruders were getting in. A
locksmith told her to lock only four of them when she went out. She
was delighted with the result - she reckoned that a prospedtive
intruder had picked some open and some shut.
There was a gentleman that posted here a few months ago that was
convinced that his landlord had taken apart his Medeco lock and
made a key for it...
In that case and similar ones I have read here and other places none
of the individuals involved want to install either a security alarm nor
some kind of video cameras to record such events that they are SURE
are happening when they go out... They then seem to get angry and
quite defensive when people suggest they prove what they are accusing
the "intruders" of doing...
I would love to see the people react to the police if they ever call them
about these "phantam" events... That would be a kodak moment...
~~formerly a maintenance man, now a college student with a 3.85 GPA
I had one lady tell me on the phone that she smelled body
oder and knew someone had been in her house.
the same lady asked me many personal questions. when I asked
her why she is askhow do I know you are not going to sell someone a key to my
I told her if she felt that way.
I was NOT interested in re-keying her house and for her to
call someone that she knows personally to swap out her locks
O.K. Evan, you've got me intrigued with this 3.85 GPA sh*t. Just what are
we talking about here mate :-)
I also could brag about my 6.25 GPA (Giant Personal Appendage) but I'm a shy
and humble sort of guy. :-))
That sure sounds like wise advice. You're right, that it sounds like major
trouble. It is possible that she's a victim of criminal attack, but "the
necks of my shirts were all stretched out" and some of that sounds a bit
Paranoia is a common symptom of the onset of senile dementia. You can't
make these folks happy, and eventually they'll start thinking you're the
one persecuting them -- or the family will get on your case for letting
the elderly relative waste money on needless security upgrades.
Assuming she is sane, this sounds like an attempt to get you to
vandalize someone else's property.
It may be legit. But I agree with the "lots of red flags" comments. This
might be a good time for your cousin's favorite parakeet to develop a
case of scurvey, requiring you to rush to their bedside... I mean,
I've had several of these over the last 25 years.
The current one(s)... Mother is apparently in early stages of Alzheimer's,
son apparently suffers from paranoia. they feed off each other. They have
me replace the deadbolt with new ones they buy at HD. (I suppose they don't
trust me to rekey them)
Someone keeps getting in and taking things - the son's underwear, for one.
My all time favorite was a call a couple of years ago. A lady called and
wanted her locks rekeyed because... ready for this?..... Someone was
getting into her apartment at night and... let's see... how do I put
this.... "enjoying himself" in her bathroom sink.
I told here I was booked up and couldn't get to it for at least a week.
funny thing, at local high school.. a 4 is pretty poor..
the top 10 kids graduated with up to a 4.3 GPA
on a 4 scale.. has to do with college credit classes they can
take while in high school
but I would NEVER turn down a 3.85 at all..
especially in certain areas.
Reality check: If you give out letter grades, it hurts kids self esteem when
they fail. Or some where someone came up with that interesting idea. Well,
d'uh, in the real world if they don't need your service, they fire or layoff
you. No one gets worried about workers self esteem. We're not training kids
for the real world any more.
That sounds like a good idea. She rattled on for quite awhile, but it
sounded like she thinks her family might be in on it.
She also asked me if I "held locks". Several questions later, it seems she
wanted to know if I'd hold a copy of the key in case the sherrifs department
needed to get in. So they wouldn't have to break a window. Well, that's the
first time I've had a request like that!