To know how to say what other people only think, is what makes men poets and sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think, makes men martyrs or reformers. –Elizabeth Rundle
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Answer by Junior Warlord
No more than 20 seconds and 5 bucks.
Answer by Q-mama
Most apartment complexes have master keys for the maintenance staff so there might be an issue there. I also heard a story on the radio recently about “bump keys” and a rash of complex robberies. Here is a link to the story on NPR.
Yes, it was after hours.
Yes, this is an area with a high cost of living (North VA).
Answer by rockin randy
I dont think you necessarily got ripped off. They definitely charge a lot around here (DC). Was he with a hardware company or just an independent locksmith? If he is independent or if it was after hours, it would be common for him to show up in his personal vehicle and want to be paid for in cash. The only thing that would have possibly raised an eyebrow with me would be the lack of letterhead, formal printed receipt and contact info. One tip to anyone who hires a locksmith to change a lock. If possible, its best to buy your own lock first and have him put it in. The lock will likely be much cheaper bought from a store and youll also have the added security of knowing that no one else had access to its keys but you. Hope that helps some. If youre really worried, check with the BBB or the like in your area.