Is it really too much to ask?
January 20th, 2006 by teragram

We have one key to our apartment. As you might imagine, it can be quite a pain. There have been multiple occasions where one of us had to wake the other to get in. I had intended to get a copy cut when we were back for Christmas, but it slipped my mind. Apparently, the owner of the apartments has asked that no duplicates be made. Well, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse whether he approves or not. A key for each resident of the apartment is really not too much to ask.

So, having asked in vain for several months for a second key, I decided yesterday to go and get one cut. I discovered that key-cutting here is not the same as it is at home. Maybe there are shops here with big key cutting machines, but I didn’t see any on my little expedition. Instead, I saw guys sitting on the side of the road with big key shaped signs cut from metal and bunches of uncut keys hanging above them.

The first guy offered to copy it for 250 rupees (about 5 euro), but my driver thought that was exorbitant. What really made me uncomfortable was that he wanted to hold onto the key for an hour. So we went to another road-side key-cutter who offered to do it for 100 rupees. Now, the apartments we’re living in are … somewhat exclusive. There are some very wealthy people living here, from what I can make out. So the keys are not your common-or-garden jaggedy edge kind of key. They have sort of dents bored into them, of various depths. Suffice it to say that I doubted this guys ability to make a copy of my key. He looks through his stock though, and seemed to find a suitable uncut-key, so I handed mine over. The driver parked the car and walked back to the guy with my hundred rupees.

I had to stifle a laugh when my driver handed me this:

New keyNew key (back)

I could have done a better job!

I think the thing I love most about it is that he didn’t say “you know what: I can’t copy that key”. He just did his best – which he must have known was never in a milllion years going to open my door – and passed it on down the line.



One Response  
  • David Barrett writes:
    January 20th, 200612:13 pmat

    Haha, class 🙂

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