Madison's Locksmith Problem

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Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby isuftin » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:20 am

http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/40824917.html

Wish I had seen that report before getting locked out of my house last night. $316 to drill through my lock and replace it. 30 minutes worth of work. Anyone else have issues with these people?

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby snoqueen » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:32 am

Last year I locked myself out of my car at MATC and paid a locksmith $60 to come get me in, and I thought it was a fair price. The actual work only took about ten minutes but they showed up promptly and helped me out when I needed it, so I had no complaints.

I called a key shop I had driven past many times, one I knew actually existed and had been in operation for years. I asked how much it would cost before I agreed to a service call, too. Calling a locksmith does put you in a vulnerable position -- they are basically helping break into your house or car -- and I would definitely want to know who I was calling.

You might have to pay extra for a nighttime or weekend call, but it shouldn't be in the hundreds of dollars.

I've seen this "points of service" crap with other businesses, including roofers. I think it's just that: crap. I would not do business with any of these people. It's a polite way of saying "I operate out of my car." There are better alternatives.

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby frozenCow » Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:40 pm

snoqueen wrote:Last year I locked myself out of my car at MATC and paid a locksmith $60 to come get me in, and I thought it was a fair price. The actual work only took about ten minutes but they showed up promptly and helped me out when I needed it, so I had no complaints.


Wow, only $60? I think I paid something like $50 back in 1983 when I jammed the wrong key (trunk key) into my ignition switch and had to call a locksmith after hours. It only took the guy about fifteen minutes, but I was happy to pay it and get my car working again. Maybe unjamming a key is more difficult than opening a locked car, but I would have thought that the charge for a service call would have increased more by now.

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby narcoleptish » Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:18 pm

I wouldn't call "Crazy Larry's Locksmith" if they were the only number in the book. Seriously though, these guys really suck. I'm glad I saw this for future reference.

I also have to say, that article was fucking painful to read. Who writes like that? Third graders, that's who. Is this the direction we're moving in as newspapers die? How much of my brain has to die before I find this acceptable?

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby isuftin » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:02 am

I think the text of the article is a transcript from the accompanying video. It would explain for some of the issues with grammar and wording.

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby yankesrj » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:49 am

glad i know how to break into my own vehicle and home, having a couple of friends who are ex cons can prove to be helpful.

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby narcoleptish » Sun May 03, 2009 11:05 am

http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local/449488

I'm glad the print paper did an article on these "businessmen". As many people need to see this as possible. It's not too often I would condone old school chicago-style business practices, but mr. burlin and mr. I-won't-give-my-last-name "shon" need to be escorted to the edge of town in the trunk of a car and pointed in the right direction.

The internet- making things easier- for the wrong people. (only half in jest)

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby Jazznews » Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:15 pm

I've used Bill's Key Shop whenever I had a problem or needed a new key. He's been around for many years and is reliable.

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby Cartman69 » Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:47 am

I recently used J+K Security Solutions to re-key the locks for my condo. The unit and storage locker had to be keyed to allow access by the building manager with his master and I had the mail box key replaced(the unit was a foreclosure).
It took about forty min and was only $120.00, which I think is reasonable.

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:37 pm

If a locksmith was arranging cockfights, would he be a cocksmith?

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby HeyZeus » Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:19 pm

donnyhamburg wrote:I had Capital Lock do some work on my business a year ago, and it was horrible!!! I don't think the guy they sent out was even a locksmith (!) . It took him FOREVER to change some locks and then in the end he said he had to call somebody to else to come and help him. And in the end, he charged me for like 5 hours of labor even though I know somebody with skills would've had it done in an hour. Maybe they should be on the news too!


So, which "company" do you work for? Madison Locksmith, Crazy Larry's, Express Locksmith, 007 Locksmith or 24 hour Emergency Locksmith? Or do you work for all five?

:roll:

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby Endo Rockstar » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:10 am

There's a couple things that come to mind when stories like these come up. 1. and most in importantly, Wisconsin still doesn't require state certification for Locksmiths, no tests, no registration, nada. Anyone who's ever picked a lock, used a slim jim or installed a Menard's brand deadbolt is allowed to open up a business under the guise of being a "locksmith." And 2. Any business who's main avenue of service is helping people in vulnerable positions, is bound to have some money grubbing, slack jawed f*cks, trying to take advantage of a person in need just to make a buck.

I was a Locksmith's apprentice for 3 years. I learned a lot, I loved it, but I hated being the guy who had to get up at bar time on Wednesday night to let some drunk college kid into his apartment. It got old, the money was marginal, and I moved on. The one thing I did learn however is the guys who know what they are doing never flaunt their skills, and are truly professional is many "potentially awkward" situations. There was more than once I had to pretend I didn't notice that the cute little co-ed who locked herself out of her apartment via the sliding glass door on her porch wasn't wearing anything but a T-shirt :D

Look for two things in the phone book when looking up a Locksmith. ALOA membership, and NLA Membership. Either one means the company is registered somewhere on a national level and conforms to certain national standards. Personally, when I encountered things that I needed backup for I went to Bill's, J&K, and Badger key. At Badger there's a guy named "Z" who knew every work-around for every lock in existence, mechanical and electronic.

As much as I didn't like certain parts of the job, I probably have saved myself hundreds (or by the accounts of this article --thousands) of dollars by being able to drunkenly pick a deadbolt when my roommates on multiple occasions, passed out after locking me out of the house in college...

heh,

Dan Motor

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby Endo Rockstar » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:24 am

Endo Rockstar wrote:
Blah blah blah, me blathering on...

Dan Motor


Also....most locksmiths own and carry around standard handcuff keys....heh, and they get used....regularly. Imagine trying to hold it together walking into a bedroom at 6 am that has obviously been turned upside down in a vain attempt to find a lost key...and see a very sheepish and embarrassed party still in bed after a few hours covering their shame with a well placed sheet...

I only charged 40 bucks for that trip when I was supposed to charge 80, I felt bad for the dude... his girlfriend gave me a 6 pack of Leine's they had in the fridge.

Win.

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Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem

Postby Walter » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:40 am

Endo Rockstar wrote:
Also....most locksmiths own and carry around standard handcuff keys....heh, and they get used....regularly. Imagine trying to hold it together walking into a bedroom at 6 am that has obviously been turned upside down in a vain attempt to find a lost key...and see a very sheepish and embarrassed party still in bed after a few hours covering their shame with a well placed sheet...

I only charged 40 bucks for that trip when I was supposed to charge 80, I felt bad for the dude... his girlfriend gave me a 6 pack of Leine's they had in the fridge.

Win.


I don't want to take money out of anyone's pocket, but if you can reach the phone, call the cops. There's no unlocking fee and we're usually right around the corner.

It should just be an assist citizen with no report, if you're worried about documentation of your funtime activities. Getting all the copies of the photos and the negatives will cost you though.

Just kidding, you never get all the copies.


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