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June 7th, 2007

Lockout

Yesterday I locked myself out of the house. It was a very stupid move. What made it even more stupid was that I had my keys with me… just not the right one.

One thing I’ve grown to love about the Prius is the keyless entry system. One of the features is that it won’t let you lock your keys in the car. If you leave them in the car, lock the doors, and then leave the car, the car will beep at you and then unlock all the doors. It’s saved me no less than three times from locking my keys in the car.

Please share your own stories of accidental self-imposed lockouts and make me feel better.

Posted in Everyday Life

jk June 7, 2007, 2:28 pm

The day before Live Aid in 1985, I stopped at an intersection that had a USA Today dispenser to pick up a copy so I’d know the order of performers and when to set the Betamax.

I had a 73 Buick and out of habit, I locked the door with the motor running. I was fortunately a mile from the local Twp police who quickly slim-jimmed the lock as the AC ran and drained my tank of gas.

My mother always says I should hide a house key outside my house somewhere but THAT would give me nightmares. Don’t hoodlums and no-goods spend their days looking for hidden keys?

Ryan June 7, 2007, 2:31 pm

Yeah… no chance I’d ever hide a key outside these days. Would-be thieves know all the tricks.

Now, to hide it in someone else’s backyard… that would be sneaky…

Steve A June 7, 2007, 3:28 pm

I used to leave a spare with neighbors. Yeah, you’ve got to trust THEM, but if they’re elderly they’re likely to be home when you need them.

Locks outs? Many times.

Ciao,

COD June 7, 2007, 4:56 pm

So if you don’t notice the Prius chirping at you, your keys will unguarded in the unlocked car.

Is that a feature or a bug?

Ryan June 7, 2007, 5:20 pm

It might stay unlocked only for a limited amount of time… I can’t remember. Otherwise, yes, it wouldn’t be a good thing for someone to just be able to open your door, sit down, and press POWER to steal your car.

Rob June 7, 2007, 8:00 pm

Just last week I accidentally locked my keys in my car. I’d gotten out of the car, but I went back to get my cell phone. After unlocking the door, I put the keys down on the seat and grabbed the cell phone. Then I locked the doors and… well… the keys were still sitting on the seat.

Luckily, I had left the windows open a tiny bit, enough to get a branch in there, and a passerby helped me snag the key ring using the branch. I was lucky.

The first car I had came with a key and key holder that was perfect for slipping into your wallet. That way, you’d always have an extra key. Unless you locked your keys AND your wallet in your car, of course.

James June 7, 2007, 9:14 pm

Well Marie, I’ll take your word for it. I started as rep. 3 appointments so far and 2 sales. So far the rep job is what I expected. Sales professionalism and knowing how to close the sale. As far as the bed, thier simply is NO comparision. It is a great product for the money. And thier is about 1 million Craftmatic beds out thier going up down every day offering a lot of relief and comfort. I will agree some of the employees in the offices are rude. I think they need a little sensitivity training

Denis Howe June 8, 2007, 12:18 pm

The electronic key for our new Nissan Micra stopped working one morning. Imagine how stupid we felt when the breakdown man pointed out that we had an ordinary key hole in the passenger handle, though it was covered up with an invisible logo on.

Jason Williams March 31, 2008, 7:53 pm

I have LX330 that uses a remote key. I love the idea of a complete keyless entry but have heard mixed reviews. I saw on Top Gear the new Austin Martin has a “power key” that you plug into the dash to turn the car on. Quite weird, but interesting.

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