Major Career Revelation

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I made a decision Sunday that what I really should become is a locksmith. I don't really want to talk about the details of the experience I had this weekend, but I will say that this is a sweet job.

See, let's say some really nice, really stressed out young woman locks her keys in her, oh I don't know, future in-laws' apartment that she's watching while they're out of state (really, I don't want to talk about it though). And of course because it's Sunday, the apartment office is not open, so she can't just get the spare key and let herself in with just a minor embarrassing moment. No no, instead, she must call a locksmith (so technically she could've called her future sister-in-law to borrow her key, but, and this of course is all hypothetical, she probably didn't want to spread the news of her stupidity any farther. But really, I don't wanna talk about it).

Technically the people at the front desk of the apartment complex are the ones who call because the super-great girl who's locked out of her apartment obviously doesn't have a phone book to flip through. So the front desk calls a few locksmiths. The first one says it's going to be one hundred bucks, no way Jose (not that that happened, because, you know, I don't want to talk about it). The second says one hundred and twenty. Definitely not. The third says 55 plus labor. Which seemed like a great deal. See, the person calling actually even asked how much labor would be, not wanting to be caught in some kind of "trap," and they were told it varied by what needed to be done, which, when you get right down to it, almost seems logical. And these locksmiths then pick a timeline that they think they can make, say like 15 to 20 minutes.

See, but here's where it's great to be a locksmith. You can take your time because even that super awesome girl who's locked out of her apartment isn't going anywhere because she DOESN'T HAVE ANY FRIGGIN KEYS. So she'll sit and wait the 45 minutes it takes to get there. And then, as a locksmith, you get to the door, where upon you realize that all you need is your trusty wire hanger (no, I'm not kidding, but again, I don't wanna talk about it...). You can then just snake your wire hanger up under the door and flip the lock. This whole process takes approximately 25 seconds (plus the almost hour that the client has been waiting).

And then you start the billing. Well, it's 55 dollars for the call, which is already about 5 times what I make in an hour at work. Then there's the labor fee. You see, as a locksmith you can charge ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS to snake a small piece of metal wiring up underneath a door. Clearly this job is much more demanding then I realize, but seriously. So this man, in under five minutes made double my daily salary. Why on earth should a person educate the youth of tomorrow for small pennies when you can unlock doors and make a boatload of money? And that question is precisely why I will be beginning my training at locksmith school tomorrow.

But I don't really want to talk about it...


Unknown said...

Emergency locksmiths are playing very important role. You can call at just about any hour or any place to have a locksmith sent over that can replace, pick, repair, or remove, a lock or other safety device covered in an emergency locksmiths job description. It's fairly common for people to accidentally lock themselves out of their own house or car. Beyond that, emergency locksmith can also open things such as a safe. Given proof of ownership and other proper credentials that prove you are the owner of course.