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Tonight's episode: A good deed never goes unpunished.

January 10th, 2012 at 01:47 am

Prologue) Previously on Single Guy (SG) - SG finally decides he needs to upgrade his falling apart 12 year old ride, and comes up with the money and finds a nice low milage car that is a very basic model, but does what he wants for a good price. Little does he realize the car comes with only one key - no duplicates are provided. As he drives away from the dealer he thinks "No problem, I'll get a spare when I have time. Its a basic key, nothing special about it."

Act 1) Months after his purchase, we find SG stopping at another hardware store. "Can you make a copy of this key?" Book is pulled out. Shuffle, shuffle. "Hmmmm, let see if we have it." Looks all through the stock of keys. "Sorry, it looks like we don't have that key blank in stock." SG heads out of the store with a familiar refrain in his head. "How can no one have this key blank? I sure don't want to spend $30/key at a dealership." Grumbling, he heads off for his car, still with his lone car key.

Act 2) That evening SG tells his girlfriend he's stuck out getting a key again. "Looks like the dealer is my only option." "For $30??? There's got to be a way to do this. Hey have you tried buying the key blanks yourself?" "I never thought of that." And sure enough, key blanks are available, 2 for $10 delivered. And we pull away as he makes his online purchase of key blanks.

Act 3) Key blanks in hand, we see SG driving toward a hardware store he rarely goes to as it is out of his way a few miles. However this time he has decided that he will try this store as it is a small hardware store that could use his patronage. He then pulls up to the store and walks in and is quickly greeted by the lone salesman in the store.

"Can I help you?" "Yes, I'd like to make a copy of my key here. I've had trouble finding any place that carries this key." "Here I'll do that, I'm doing most everything here tonight." With that they arrive at the key cutter. Book out, shuffle, shuffle, page with the needed info is found. A look to the board with tons of keys on it, looks at a blank spot where the key would be. "Nope, no key here sorry. You know the easy solution would be not to lose the key." SG does a double take at that comment. "Well this was a used car purchase and it came with only one key, so I didn't have a choice in the matter."

He then pulls out two key blanks. "Can you make copies with these blanks?" The person looks incredulously at the blanks. "You have blanks?" "Yeah, it seemed like it was the only way I was ever going to get keys made." "Where did you get them?" "Online, I had them sent to my house." "I've never had anyone bring in their own blanks before." Sort of in shock at this change to his routine the salesman starts to work on one key, only to realize he has no idea if he should do this, or if so how much to charge. After a few calls to management explaining the situation, he is told to make the keys and what to charge.

After a quick 2 minutes both keys are made and ready to go. As the salesman walks with SG towards the registers SG comments "Looks like we learned something new today." "You?" "No you, you know how much to charge someone that has their own blanks."

"Well I think bringing blanks is like taking a steak to a restaurant." Non-plussed, SG replies - "I was going to buy the keys from you if you had them in stock." "You couldn't get them at the dealer?" "For $30 per key, I don't think so."

The salesman stops. "Too many prople right away go to a store to get a key. They should go to the dealer or a locksmith." Surprised where this is heading SG tries to keep a non-commital face, waiting to see where this is goes. "There's this whole industry, locksmiths, yet no one will go to them to get their keys made. Its a real problem today." With that he heads off into the bowels of the store. We pull away as we hear SG thinking "Locksmith???? Really? I should go to a locksmith when all I want is a copy of a key? WTF???"

Epilogue) SG is seen heading out of the store, newly paid keys in hand. He starts to open the door with his old key, then realizes he should be using a new key to test it. It smoothly works the door lock, then once inside the ignition behaves like this key has always been used with this car. Driving away we hear this thoughts as he reviews what just happened. "I go out of my way to give this store some patronage. After a few minutes of work they earn a few dollars, yet the salesman behaves like getting the key done there was the worst thing in the world. I guess that saying is true, no good deed ever goes unpunished."

7 Responses to “Tonight's episode: A good deed never goes unpunished.”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Awesome!! Way to solve a problem with few dollars on your part. And I like how you wrote the post, too.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    How very weird of that man!

  3. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    firstly, that was not the store owner, more likely a less educated/experienced/unworldly-like young employee.

    nextly, you still have the warm fuzzy feeling of solving the problem creatively on your side. And like a kid, the other side will absorb even though they do not vocalize the lesson.

    I thought you were going to get a 'UNLAWFUL to copy this key' which rental residences are subject to sometimes. In which case you would have to have been even more creative and become some sort of storyteller.

  4. DeniseNTexas Says:

    At least you got the copy! Kudos for your creativity in getting it and in telling us about it. Smile

  5. Petunia 100 Says:

    I love how you look for ways to spend less before parting with your dollars. That is EXACTLY what I need to do more of.

    Glad your gf seems to appreciate your frugality. Smile

  6. dmontngrey Says:

    We've run into this predicament before. Where DO you go to get a blank key copied? We ordered DH a football team key on ebay. What else are we supposed to do when we live nowhere near said team? Local big box store cut it for free. That was really nice of them. We would have gladly paid. He recently needed a new one so he had one purchased and cut last time he was home - somewhere they actually sell this key. Seems to me it would be quite easy for a store like this to happily make a few bucks on this request.

  7. Jerry Says:

    Bringing your own blank is in no way like bringing a steak to a restaurant... you can cook a steak on your home stove! Most people I know don't have the insurance of a key-cutting machine in the bathroom. Or maybe it's just me... anyway, at least the whole thing leads to savings for you, if not to repeat business for the crappy salesman.
    Jerry

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