Thursday, 13 August 2009

Locked Out

Well, yesterday afternoon didn't go quite as expected. I had planned on doing some laundry and then putting my feet up for an hour or so in the afternoon. In fact, I had discussed this plan with my dear friend Tracy of Pink Purl earlier in the day. I went downstairs at 2 p.m. to put some towels in the dryer and when I came back up, I couldn't get in!

No, I didn't lock myself out ~ the door locked itself! We live in an apartment and I reported a faulty lock to the landlords weeks ago. They sent someone to look at it, who told me that the problem was 'cosmetic' and just a loose face-plate and therefore, nothing to worry about.

If that person had been there yesterday afternoon, I would have given him a piece of my mind! I was stuck on one side of the door and my husband was stuck on the other. We tried opening the door with a credit card (no luck!) and he pushed a key under the door for me to try from the outside. He even managed to get the handle off the inside to see if he could turn the lock, but that didn't work either. In the end, we had to call a locksmith. I spent two hours in the hallway, which was an unpleasant way to spend a hot day (no air conditioning in the hall, unlike our nice, cool apartment!) and I was hoping that rescue would arrive before I needed to use the bathroom! Typically, all the neighbours were out.

Eventually, the locksmith arrived and I had to resist virtually dragging him up the stairs. Even he couldn't get the lock to open, so there ensued a lot of noise and mess as he drilled the lock out. As my husband pointed out once we were reunited, it certainly isn't as quiet as it is on the films! He pointed out to my husband that at least he was stuck on the comfortable side of the door.

The story doesn't end there though, because then we had to pay him and we didn't have cash at home. He didn't accept Visa, so I then had to head to the bank to get some money. What an afternoon!

He did put a new lock on the door and once we managed to sort out all the keys and dispose of the old ones, we felt ready to face the world again. The only problem now is working out how on earth I get this lock open....

8 comments:

carolyn said...

Flippin heck I'd have been tearing my hair out with sheer frustration.

Tracy said...

OMG!! That is incredible, Marie...what back luck... I'm just glad you are all right, and no one hurt! I'm sure you're breathing a huge sigh of relief... What a crazy situation--glad yuo were able to get help and all well in the end... So good to chat with you yesterday! So funny to think now that one moment we were talking, and the next you're locked out! Glad you are ok... Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))

Gingham and Flowers said...

Oh poor you. What a way to spend an afternoon. Thanks so much for your sweet message on my blog. Hopefully Linen and Roses is not finished. I just want to take my designs in a different direction and I don't want to sell on etsy anymore hence why I'm doing the clearance sale. As far as blogging goes, I just seem to have lost my enthusiasm for it lately and I think I need a good long break and to come back fresh with something different. I always wanted my blog to be a happy and pretty place, and although newly married life is lovely, what with being unemployed for so long and other things, I just felt I didn't have anything very positive to say at the moment. I'd like to hope that towards Christmas I might have had a long enough break to start blogging again feeling refreshed. And I always love sharing that time of year on blog land. Anyway, will still be around blog land reading what everyone else is saying, just not always commenting. Thanks again for your note. Fiona x

Angel Jem said...

Best laid plans of mice, isn't it? Will the landlord reimburse you?

Wild Rose said...

Carolyn ~ my husband said he thought that I would be kicking the door down! I quite fancied getting some beefy firemen to come and open the door, but didn't fancy paying their call-out fee!

Angel Jem ~ hopefully, the landlord will reimburse us. We got a receipt and they know about the problem, so that's a start

Rosie said...

Oh, dear, Marie what a dreadful thing to happen - how frustrating. At least you had each other to chat to through the door whilst you were waiting for the locksmith - it would have been awful to have been locked in or out and be completely alone. Glad all is now resolved:)

Wild Rose said...

Rosie ~ you would have laughed ~ I was complaining of having nothing to do and a crossword appeared under the door ~ I came up with the answers and posted it back and then it was returned with the clues filled in!!!

Carie said...

Marie, thanks for visiting!

What a frustrating experience! Hope you were reimbursed for the new lock and keys!