I’m sooo mad I just have to share. It has nothing to do with corona, except maybe if I hadn’t worked from home, I would have gotten into the locksmith trick. Because that door had to be made, but.. No, sorry, let’s get everything straight. Otherwise my anger is of no use to you.
Our door lock was broken. Quite one thing. Especially if you live in the middle of the city. Still, it dragged on for a few days. He locked the door just a little bit more. Just enough to put things off. But now it just had to happen, the holiday is finally coming. Locksmith site wanted, we thought a neat one, mediated for all kinds of locksmiths. Call, report problem. How much does that cost? Call-out costs 20 euros and then we discuss what is needed, was the message. Sounds logical. After all, you want to be helped by a professional in such an important matter. And indeed, the next day the professional drives up with his professional car. Ring the bell. “What’s the problem sir?” “The lock doesn’t work, look.” I’ll show you how far the tab goes into the door. “Yeah,” he says, “that’s an old lock.” ‘No’, I say, ‘deployed four years ago.’
“Oh,” he says. “It’s a special police security lock. We have to replace that.’ Me: ‘Don’t you want to look first, maybe it’s just the cylinder.’ I fiddled a bit incompetently at the end. But no, he shook his head and started filling out a large withdrawal form. Hums a bit of ‘mmmm’ and ‘mmm’, and ‘and then add the VAT.’ I timidly: ‘And what will that cost?’ ‘485 euros. Including VAT’
There you are. Your all-important exterior door lock is broken. And yet I finally say and I feel my blood flowing, ‘No, I’m not going to do that. I think that’s ridiculous.’ “Okay,” he says, turning and disappearing in his locksmith car to another client, or should I say victim?
Been angry all night, barricaded the door with a slanted stool. Picked up a screwdriver this morning, unscrewed the lock, cycled to the hardware store further up the road. Those ‘we have everything you need’ do-it-yourself business that should never disappear, you know them. Complete new set with three keys: 185 euros. “Would it cost if I had let you do it?” I ask. ’60 euros’, the man says.
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