|Posted on December 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM|
Got a call to a famous fried chicken place in Manchester, Tennessee, a few years ago. It was late, the girl, an associate manager, was pretty upset. She told me to come to the restaurant and open the office door. When I arrived, I asked her about the problem. She said her key wouldn't work. I tried the key myself, working the usual jiggly magic, and the lock would not unlock. I grabbed my long, under-the-door tool, grabbed the inside lever, and pulled. Nothing. The interior lever, which is always free, was jammed up, too. The key cylinder was drill-proof. The only thing left to do was to destroy the lever, and I did. It took me two minutes. The girl, with a look on fear in her eyes, told me to indicate on the bill what had happened to the lock, that the lock breakage was not her fault. I did.
A day later, I got a call from the manager. He told me I should not have destroyed the lock because his employees knew the drill. They were supposed to climb up into a ten-foot-high ceiling and drop down into the office. He told me he would never call me again and, "Oh, by the way, I fired the girl who called you."
I should have called the restaurant's regional manager, but I didn't. The manager of this famous fried chicken joint, by requiring his employees to crawl into a ceiling, was foolish and dangerous. Even his employees were afraid of him! As I said, this manager should have been fried - I mean, fired - on the spot, for putting his own lousy bonus ahead of the safety of his employees.
|Posted on April 27, 2016 at 4:50 PM|
It has been said to me by somebody in the click-fraud industry that locksmiths are the worst perpetrators of fraud known in the internet world. Add to that the fact that the Tennessee Locksmith Licensing Program cannot enforce the laws for locksmiths at the present time, then you know you simply cannot go online and hire a locksmith without doing your homework. (You do need references, don't you?)
There is a locksmith working in the Manchester, TN and Tullahoma, TN area that has been cited and fined by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance for operating without a proper license. So, the question is this - wouldn't you want to know why a person would not be licensed by the state? And would you really want someone in your home who may not be elegible to have a license? I do not know the answer. However, operating as a locksmith in Tennessee without a locksmth license is a crime.
Just think about it. Why would the state refuse to license a person for locksmith work? Can you think of anything? Why would the state of Tennessee think an individual should not own locksmith tools? Has the person just never bothered with submitting a license application? Is the persona felon? As a comsumer, I'd want to know.
Before you click on a locksmith advertising with a paid ad on Google or Yahoo, call the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and ask if the locksmith you want to use is licensed. Here is something you need to pay attention to. Go to the Disciplinary Actions Reports for October, 2015 and look under Locksmith Licensing.
REGULATORY BOARDS DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT
Respondent: (Go to Google Adwords and then to the Dept. of Commerce site. See if this business has been licensed yet.)
Violation: Unlicensed activity
Action: $500 Civil Penalty
Fraudulent locksmith activity hurts everyone and accounts for almost 30% of all revenues lost by legitimate, law-abiding locksmiths. Be sure that the locksmith you call does have a valid locksmith license and ask the locksmith to show it to you when he arrives.
|Posted on April 2, 2016 at 4:35 PM|
If you are an individual looking for a locksmith, and if you do a search for "locksmith" in the search engines, the first things that usually pop up are paid locksmith ads.
(Note: People selling locksmith services pay a hefty price when you click on their ads.)
Most of the ads you see will advertise a low service call rate.
(Note: This is how you are hooked, because you are looking for a cheap locksmith.)
When you click on the ad, a person will tell you that, yes, the service call is minimal. But they will also tell you that there will be a small labor charge. What that charge will be, they refuse to say.
(Note: This is how they set you up for an over-charge.)
When the locksmith shows up and completes the work, he will hand you a bill for $375 when your real job was only an $85 job.
(Note: The locksmith is working for a locksmith reseller and he must share half the charges with the reseller. Do you really think such a locksmith can show up and do your work for $42.50?)
When you see the bill, you will protest. The locksmith will then tell you the bill must be paid or he will take you to court tomorrow. His reseller may even call you and threaten you.
(Note: Stand your ground. Offer the criminal $85 and don;t budge. He'll eventually take it and walk away.)
If this happens to you, get the locksmith's license plate number. Report the name of the locksmith company and all supporting documentation to your states Department of Commerce.
|Posted on March 30, 2016 at 4:30 PM|
If I were a criminal locksmith working Manchester, TN or Tullahoma, TN, and I wanted to use expensive pay-per-click ads as my sole avenue of income, here's what I would do.
I would advertise a ridiculously low service call price somewhere between $10 and $19, even if I had to pay $30 for the click. This way, I would get the click and the phone call from a prospective customer.
I would tell the customer that the service call was $19 and assure him the labor charge would be small. But I'd also tell him that I wouldn't know what the labor charge would be until I started working on his locks. I would make it my motto to never give a customer a firm, upfront price.
After the job was finished, I would tell the customer that his lock job was more involved than most, and that I not only had to rekey the lock, but I also had to replace it. I would find any and every way I could to double-charge the customer and sell him over-priced products he didn't need.
I would jack up the price of the bill by three hundred to four hundred percent over the standard, going rates charged by ethical, local locksmiths. If the customer showed any hesitancy in paying the bill, I would threaten to sue him. More than likely, he would back down and just pay the bill.
I would never use a pre-printed locksmith invoice that showed my address or phone number.
And this is how criminal locksmiths operate. They are never local, they are never honest, they never commit to an upfront price.
But they will always threaten to sue you when you ask why the bill is too high.
You will not find them in your Chamber of Commerce or as members of the Better Business Bureau. Some of them will not have business licenses, valid addresses, or be traceable to any location.
If I wanted to find a criminal locksmith, the first place I would look would be in the pay-per-click section of the search engines. But that doesn't mean all pay-per-click locksmiths are engaging in criminal activity. But still -- I wouldn't hire one!
|Posted on March 19, 2016 at 11:10 PM|
I got a call from a woman in Tullahoma, TN. She wanted me to open her car. She called me after she had taken a crow bar to the top of the door. Luckily, she stoppped using it when she saw the paint get scratched and then notices a small dent in the roof of the car. I would guess that little ding cost her around $400 in repairs. She called me, and I opened her car for a very reasonable price. Now she wishes she had never taken the crow bar to her car door!
|Posted on March 19, 2016 at 11:10 PM|
If you have stripped-out screw holes in your wooden doors or jambs, try inserting a wooden golf tee. Hammer it gently unti lit fits snugly and then break it off flush with the wood. You now will be able to insert the screw and it will hold perfectly! Just remember not to make the golf tee too tight, otherwise, you may split the wood in the jamb.
|Posted on January 16, 2016 at 9:15 AM|
The best way to thaw a frozen caf door lock is to spray warm WD-40, or other liquid penetrant of lube, into the lock then quickly nsert your key and open the lock. You can set the can of WD-40 into a sink of hot water to get it warm - but do not put it on the stove or in the microwave! Using a pair of Vice Grips to hold the key whiel you heat it up with a match is just plain stupid. The key will get soft and it will bend easier or break off in the lock. When you use warm WD-40, be sure to spray it enough so that the WD-40 displaces the moisture in the lock.
Your car door locks freeze up when it rains one day and freezes thenext. So, keep the warm WD-40 handy!
|Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:35 AM|
A woman in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, called me saying she came home and found her front door open. When I arrived, I saw that the door had sagged and that the knob latch was barely engaging the strike plate on the jamb. All it took to open the door was a stiff, summer breeze. Her door needed to be serviced. I put longer screws into the top hinge and pulled the door back, and then I repositioned the strike. I also sold her a deadbolt lock for the door.
You can test your doors by closing them and jerking on them. If they hold fast, you are in good shape. Loook at the strikes in the jamb. Do the deadboltlocks and strikes line up? If not, you need to adjust them before the door sags more. Call David at A-Best Locksmith for a fair, upfront quote if you need all of your doors and locks adjusted.