ust a few Mondays ago, leaving our apartment around 8pm to go celebrate a friend's birthday, we accidentally left one set of keys on the inside of the door.
And closed the door with the keys still in the lock on the inside.
We had one set of keys with us, but having the other set in the lock on the other side effectively prevents anyone from entering, even with the key. Our apartment door, pretty typical in Germany I think, has no moving parts on the outside except the keyhole. There is a doorknob you can grab, but that's its only purpose - it doesn't turn. On the inside there is a lever to use when you go out.
We realized it right away. There is just one screw on the outside of the lock ensemble which we removed, and tried to stick stuff in there, but didn't figure anything out. So, we asked the neighbor for a phone book and called the locksmith - der Schlüsseldienst.
We went outside the building to wait for him since we didn't have anything else to do. After a few minutes, a very snazzy-looking car pulled up. Out stepped a very tall, young, very well-dressed guy who looked just a little too smooth. We rode up to our apartment in the elevator with him. I passed the screw we had taken out of the door back to my husband, and when the locksmith saw this he gave this smug little chuckle.
We brought him to our apartment door. He took something out of his bag, stuck it in the hole where the screw had been, and clicked. This entire process (including opening the bag) took less than a minute....and cost 80 Euro.
No wonder he was so nicely dressed and had such a nice car.
I had been wondering what to do with my life. Wonder no more...it's all about being a locksmith.