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  • Grant, at this point, I'm thinking about separating my mailbox key from the rest of my keys, and attaching the thing to a hunk of 2x4 so it can't drop through the grate!

    I can just imagine the reactions of the guys at the gates at work if I have it sitting on my passenger seat on the way in!

  • My personal key story isn't that good.  I locked the gate to our courtyard(paddle-lock), on the way into the house I pick up a piece of trash and throw it all in the garbage in the house.  Being a good husband(haha) I take that trash out to the garage to the trash bin.  Wife comes home later, starts looking for the key to go out and mess with her plants.  I spend the next hour searching the house, then realize what I did and dig though our trash and find it, avoided the dog house that time.

    My wife on the other hand once threw her car keys into the trash bin outside a fast food restaurant(Long John Silvers).  She realized it right away, but it still was a messy, stinky job retrieving them because they didn't just stay on top of everything.

     

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  • What the heck is a FULLZ? Are dead FULLZ better than live FULLZ? Inquiring minds.

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  • Grant Fritchey wrote:

    What the heck is a FULLZ? Are dead FULLZ better than live FULLZ? Inquiring minds.

    I stand to be corrected, but rumor has it that FULLZ are leaked personal details, which will include bank and/or credit card details as well as personal details such as Name, SSN and address.

  • My worst key story is I was in college (do any "worst of" stories not happen in college?) and was leaving a bar. I always used the back staircase. This was a cast iron staircase as the bar is on the second floor. It was winter in Kansas and of course there was an ice storm that day. I made it down about 4-5 stairs and slipped on the stairs. My keys which were in my hand flew across the alley and landed underneath my own car right in the middle. Of course I smashed my fingernail on the railing when I fell and ripped most of the nail off. I had to venture down the rest of the way and crawl under my car on the ice to fetch my keys.

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  • I used to have a pair of running shorts with a key pocket at the back.  One morning I waved my wife off to work, took a look at the very heavy looking sky, thought 'I'll be all right for 30ish minutes' and set off for my daily four miles.  Fifteen minutes in, I stopped being all right because the heavens opened and it started p***ing down.  Of course I was past the point where it was shorter to carry on rather than turn back so carry on I did.    After 25 minutes I reached a point where I could cut things short and go home but I thought 'I'm soaked to the skin already, I might as well do the full distance.'

    Four, extremely soggy, miles later, I returned to my front door, unzipped the key pocket and put my finger straight through the neat hole that had developed in the pocket; no key.  Worse, no one in the house and no phone with me.  My key could be anywhere on a four mile circuit around the town.  It was as likely to be one hundred yards in one direction as one mile in the other.  It was still p***ing down.    I decided to set off in the same direction that I had initially and hope for the best.  A mile and a half later, there it was, glinting in a colossal puddle that had been a mere moist patch the first time I'd gone that way.  By the time I got home for the second time I knew two things. One, I had never been so wet in my life, even my bones felt damp.  Two, I truly hated running.


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  • Worst for me was my brother taking my keys while skiing, since he had to run back to the car. My wife, 1 kid, him and his girlfriend at the time find out at the end of the day he lost them. Had to call a locksmith, this back in the 90s, and pay $200 to get a new key made at night on a Saturday. This, along with waiting for a few hours and then still having a 3 hour drive home.

    I used to always get spares when I bought a car, and for some reason didn't have any attached to this car. Now my wife understands when I want to get spares made ASAP. It's annoying today that a spare is $200+ with these chips.

  • Even worse with these new keyless things. You can't stash a spare on the car or your car would be in permanent unsafe mode. I know that most vehicles have a key just in case. Our minivan has a key but it is horrific to use it. You have to actually take apart the door handle to expose the key hole. I have done it a couple times to see how it works but I have to find a youtube video to figure out the McGyver style handle to get to the keyhole.

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  • Worst for me was not my keys, but my wallet.  I was driving from Houston TX back home to Pittsburgh.  I stopped at a rest area in Arkansas about midnight, and there were people at this rest stop offering various services that I was definitely NOT interested in.

    I get a few miles up the road to the next exit and need gas.  No wallet.  Search the car.  I figured I lost it at the rest stop in the bathroom stall.  Drive back, go into the bathroom stall and there is it, sitting on the floor. Whew.

    Now, the various "vendors" figured I was back for some of their services, and approached me offering their wares.  I got to my car as fast as I could, locked the door, and got out of there fast.

    Had they found the wallet, they could have probably taken the night off.   This was before there were ATM's everywhere, and many places did not take debit cards for payments.  I had a lot of cash, just in case, for a cross-country trip.

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  • Sean Lange wrote:

    Even worse with these new keyless things. You can't stash a spare on the car or your car would be in permanent unsafe mode. I know that most vehicles have a key just in case. Our minivan has a key but it is horrific to use it. You have to actually take apart the door handle to expose the key hole. I have done it a couple times to see how it works but I have to find a youtube video to figure out the McGyver style handle to get to the keyhole.

    I used to keep a spare in one those magnetic holders.  Nothings magnetic any longer, at least anyplace you can reach without climbing under the car.

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  • Michael L John wrote:

    Sean Lange wrote:

    Even worse with these new keyless things. You can't stash a spare on the car or your car would be in permanent unsafe mode. I know that most vehicles have a key just in case. Our minivan has a key but it is horrific to use it. You have to actually take apart the door handle to expose the key hole. I have done it a couple times to see how it works but I have to find a youtube video to figure out the McGyver style handle to get to the keyhole.

    I used to keep a spare in one those magnetic holders.  Nothings magnetic any longer, at least anyplace you can reach without climbing under the car.

    No kidding. You have to drill a hole somewhere underneath and screw it in. Hope it isn't wet, cold or muddy when you have to crawl under your car for a spare.

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  • Sean Lange wrote:

    Even worse with these new keyless things. You can't stash a spare on the car or your car would be in permanent unsafe mode. I know that most vehicles have a key just in case. Our minivan has a key but it is horrific to use it. You have to actually take apart the door handle to expose the key hole. I have done it a couple times to see how it works but I have to find a youtube video to figure out the McGyver style handle to get to the keyhole.

    Yes, that's what I've got for my car.  Although mine pops apart very easily with the included emergency trunk key (which, once you're in the trunk, pull the releases for the rear seat and you're in the car, so) and you can then take out the battery.

    Tempting to spend the $350-ish for a spare, and do that, find somewhere magnetic on the car to put it.

  • Just FYI, there are some good third parties selling keys for much less, and then more and more locksmiths are avaialble to program. Often reduces that dealer $350 to something more-though-still-outrageously reasonable like $150.

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