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In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes we forget the things that matter to us most—our keys. Getting locked out can be embarrassing, especially if you try to force the lock open and fail miserably. Worse if it’s in public or in front of your date.
It’s even more embarrassing if you didn’t prepare a spare set of keys. Fortunately, you can save face by keeping calm and following any of these tips.
Pick the Lock Like a Pro
Violence is never the answer, especially with locked doors. Trying to use force on a sturdy door will only hurt you and whatever dignity you have left; all it takes to open one is a bit of finesse and flair. So open it the cool way: by picking the lock.
Lock picking tools are intuitive enough that they can be used by anyone, even beginners. The only hindrance would be the complexity of the lock you’re trying to pick. Simple locks like latches are easy to figure out. The more difficult ones may need more practice and skill.
Pick the Lock Like MacGyver
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re that already locked out of your house or car and don’t have the time to practice or a set of lockpicks on hand. But you do have an alternative tool on foot: shoelaces.
Bolt locks, latches, locks on old car models, and similarly simple locks usually have mechanisms that go in one direction. They either unlock vertically, like with old car doors or horizontally, as in the case of bolt locks.
Loop your shoelace around the lock’s lever, latch, or corresponding limb that keeps the lock in place, and then, using the shoelace, move said part in the direction that it’s supposed to move (i.e., if it goes up, move it up; if sideways, then move it sideways).
Pick the Lock Like a Barbarian
Again, violence is never the answer, but there are always exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, breaking in may be the only way. But most entry doors are sturdy and may need heavy tools, like an ax, which you don’t have immediate access to.
So go for your windows (if you have any). Call upon your Stone Age ancestors, and throw a rock on your window. Then grunt for effect (raw, primal strength may still impress the instincts of whoever is watching you, regardless of your gender).
If All Else Fails, Pick the Lock Like a Responsible Adult Does
If you aren’t dexterous, resourceful, or strong enough to do any of the above, then own up to it. Know your limits and responsibly “pick the lock” by calling a locksmith.
Locksmiths have the tools to open anything, and their trade is in helping people who lock doors while leaving the keys inside. Some locksmiths are also available on call at any time of the day, perfect for any emergencies at night.
At the end of the day, there’s no shame in calling for help if you really can’t open a locked door. It happens to the best of us. So keep calm and call a professional.