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Well I guess this is the group...
Board: Why Did I Just Do That!?
Oct 9, 2009 3:54pm
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My mom thought I should share this with letterboxers after I told her I shared another story... This sounds like the group for it. I lock my keys frequently in the car. It happens at least once a year. My cell phone is a pay as you go phone, but I can talk to people using the same provider for free if I pay a $1 a day.

In July, I got a new car and only had one key. Later that month, I was driving around looking at cemeteries (about a week after already having an interesting time at a cemetery with a creepy guy), trying to find a large one to plant a mystery letterbox at in a county that I am quite familiar with but I don't live in. I was trying to locate 2 cemeteries, one sounded like it would be decent sized but I decided to take some side roads to see what I would stumble on. Anyway, the road I was on came to an end and there was no street sign for the road I was turning on and then I see this largish cemetery and think oh this will probably be perfect and it's probably the one cemetery I am looking for.
So I get things ready and prepared, take the keys out of the engine, prepare the box just in case. Get the bag and get out of the car. Lock the door and slam... oh no locked the keys inside. Thankfully I have my cell, but oh wait I only have a dollar left on it. So since my parents have the same cell phone company, I call them. My dad is the type who will get all panicky sometimes and he's not to fond of me driving around all the time looking for letterboxes and so forth. So I call my mom, but my dad answers. I said that I need to talk to mom and he said she's in the bath and he said is it important and I said yes. So he gave her the phone.
"Mom, I'm locked out of my car in a cemetery and I don't know where I'm at."
She told me later that as soon as I said that, she jumped out of the bathtub. I then continued, I think I am at this cemetery but I am not sure... I don't recall seeing signs for it, but there is a park over there. She said well call AAA. That is when I said that I used my last dollar to call her and I reminded her that I can call her and others on ATT for free the rest of the day, but calling everyone else costs .10 cents a minute and my purse is locked up inside. So she gets a robe on and gets a pad of paper as I walk over to the park and read the sign on the park. I tell her the name of the park and again tell her what cemetery I believe I am in and she makes the call to AAA.
I am not really sure I want to use this cemetery anymore, and decide to look around just in case. I decide to hide my letterboxing stuff under the car. That is when a van pulls into the cemetery. I am very tempted to ask them where the heck I am, but shyness and the embarrassing thought of asking them where I am at prevents me from flagging them down. Instead I pretend to look at graves and they pause near me and I look at them and they are this older couple with these stern faces... and then it hit me - they probably think I am some teenager (I've been told I look between 18-21) here to vandalize their cemetery. They didn't say anything and left.
So I walk around this cemetery and none of the names really stand out. I am about to head back to be near my car and out runs the most adorable black cat. It's very friendly and by the time I talked with my mom again, I told her that I am not alone, a friendly black cat is cuddling me. She laughed at this and she confirmed I was at the cemetery I believed I was at according to the AAA woman. She said that a guy will be there shortly. Thankfully this guy was having a slow day, because when he did show up it took forever to get the car unlocked. I got my stuff from under the car and told him that why I was out here was for a scavenger hunt like thing but I don't think I will plant it here and he shook his head no.

Anyway that's my embarrassing story...
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Reply to: #449369 by koalacat
Oct 9, 2009 4:40pm
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That sounds a lot like what happens with my mom. She locks her keys in her car at least once a year too. Half the time she calls me to have me go to their house to get her spare keys and drive them to wherever she is so she can get in. I have suggested, more than once, and not entirely jokingly, that she should wear a necklace with a spaer key on it =o)
I'm glad that you were able to get AAA out to let you into your car though! =o)
I locked my keys in the car too
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Reply to: #449378 by Captain Raehawk
Oct 9, 2009 4:51pm
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I used to lock my keys in the car annually as well. calling my husband was a pain, and he let me know how much of a pain it was. then, when my oldest was about 1 year old we were on our way home to SC from DE. I locked us out of the car at a gas station/diner in VA. After sitting in the diner for 2 hours waiting for a locksmith with an anxious baby wanting to toddle around I learned some valuable lessons:
1. some people still do kind things for strangers in need of help. the owner was working that day and fed me lunch "on the house" and told me to:
2. get a spare key made and attach it to the back of my license plate. Even if your vehicle has to have a special key (with a microchip in it) to start the engine, any plain key will open the door.

~resQmelockedoutofmycarand6hoursfromhomelou
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Reply to: #449379 by resQlou
Oct 9, 2009 6:32pm
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My parents urge me to do something like #2, but I am too worried that it will fall/be bumped off or theft.
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Reply to: #449378 by Captain Raehawk
Oct 9, 2009 6:34pm
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I think my parents suggested the necklace thing too...
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Reply to: #449411 by koalacat
Oct 9, 2009 8:56pm
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My parents urge me to do something like #2, but I am too worried that it will fall/be bumped off or theft.

We have a tiny letterbox (a personal traveler) in a "hidden key" case that we put on the back of our license plate when we're at events. Once we totally forgot it was there and discovered it over 6 months later. We drive a LOT in many different areas and it never moved. You might think about hiding a key there.
Re: I locked my keys in the car too
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Reply to: #449411 by koalacat
Oct 10, 2009 4:28am
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what I did is got a FLAT key made (no bulky plastic on the top). I used a drill to make the hole in it a little bigger, then unscrewed the license plate and put the key on the screw behind the plate, then screwed it back in. it couldn't fall off, and it being so hidden noone could know it was there.

hope this helps!
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Reply to: #449369 by koalacat
Oct 10, 2009 8:35am
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I lock my keys frequently in the car. It happens at least once a year.

I've locked the keys in my car once in my entire life. Definitely not something I do "frequently," but I did have an unusual way of getting the car unlocked. I was in a busy parking lot at the time it happened--there was a Civil War reenactment going on, and people were everywhere. So I decided to start asking around if someone had a screwdriver I could borrow.

The reason being is because I suspected that there were spare keys hidden behind the back license plate. I bought my car used, and when I moved up to Oregon from California, I had to change the plates. When I took off the old plates, that's when I discovered a set of keys hidden behind them. Interesting, I thought, and I assumed the keys were spares for the car. What else would they be for? I didn't actually try them, however. Just thought it was interesting and figured I may as well leave them there. Why not? They weren't hurting anything.

Fast forward a year or so when I locked my keys in the car. I could call AAA, but wouldn't it be faster to retrieve the presumed spare keys from behind the license plate? I couldn't exactly get the license plate off with my fingernails, though. I needed a screwdriver. So I started asking around if anyone had a screwdriver in their car that I could borrow.

I found someone who did have one, and I explained about locking my keys in the car but that there were spares behind the license plate. He looked at me skeptically--like it was the craziest story he'd ever heard, but went ahead and let me borrow the screwdriver and watched as I started taking off the back license plate of my car. I know he was thinking I was up to no good, but the license plate came off and sure enough, there was a set of keys.

The guy seemed to perk up when he saw the spare keys, saying, "Well, at least I know it really is your car--there's no way a stranger would have known about keys hidden behind the license plate!" All the time I was thinking, "I really, really hope these ARE spare keys for the car and not spare keys for the house of a previous owner or something...."

But it unlocked the door of the car. Whew. =) I screwed the license plate back on and returned the screwdriver, and continued on with the rest of my day.

The irony is that if I had locked my keys in the car before I moved to Oregon, I would have never known about the spare hidden behind the license plate. It's all about timing.

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #449503 by Green Tortuga
Oct 10, 2009 12:04pm
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Good thing they did work for the car. While reading it I thought, oh no, they are going to be the keys for something else.
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Reply to: #449379 by resQlou
Apr 5, 2012 10:25pm
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I once locked my keys in my car when in line for an oil change, ironically I told my friend with me to be sure to get your keys out of his car so he wouldn't lock them in and what do I do, yes lock my darn keys in the car! Talk about embarrassing.