It's about time someone brought that up. Exactly what I was thinking.
I think it's perfectly reasonable for a locksmith called to open a car
to assume the person who called him over had at least the sense of a
turnip and had tried all the doors. Sure, he could have checked again,
but I don't think it makes him a crook or dishones just because he
didn't. This isn't like taking a reporter taking a TV with just a
blown fuse to be fixed and then receiving a bill for all kinds of
uneeded repairs. They called the locksmith to open the car door and he
It's like insulting the customer.
"Are you so stupid to have not tried the doors? I'm going to check to
make sure you aren't stupid."
Sunshine Locksmith Team
A *real* locksmith would have probably quoted $200, found the door was
unlocked and possibly charged minimum callout only. This is tricky, since
if the customer accepted a quote (as distinct from an estimate) of $140,
the locksmith would be entitled to the $140 no matter how easy the car was
to open, but conversely the customer would be entitled to pay no more than
$140 no matter how long the opening took (perhaps there were exceptional
circumstances, such as if someone somehow fitted Medeco locks to the car).
A locksmith would be wise presumably to 'hedge' the quote with something
like 'unless there were unusual circumstances'.
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