Monday, February 14, 2005

Quick show of hands...

For the expats...
How many of you have encountered some sort of problem with keys in this country?
Genre;
'How much!?'
'How long!?'
'You need a what?'
'Where can I get this 15th century key copied?'

I'm just curious...

6 comments:

L'Oiseau said...

Nope no key issues as no key needs. I guess this means this is a problem I have to look forward to...

PTA Mom said...

I've had many key issues. I even blogged about it once, when I lost my huge cave key months ago. We are still in search of a place to make a copy of the key! Also, it's virtually impossible to make a copy of our apartment key without written permission from our landlord.

ViVi said...

Not I, not yet, but I know a few other bloggers in Paris have.

Lisa said...

When my 12-year-old son finally was ready to walk home from school by himself and needed a set of keys last spring, I expected that I'd need the usual letter of permission. However, I figured I'd give it a try and walked into the shoe repair/key shop on rue de Passy. To my surprise, they made the copies with no questions asked -- but charged me 80 euros for two keys! My son lives in fear of losing his expensive keys.

Nyx said...

Aha, hmmm, yes it seems to be some great conspiracy, either they can do them no problem but it'll cost you a fortune, or - as it the case with our new apartment - we have a 'protected key' than is available only by order, takes 4 weeks, and can only be done if we supply some sort of 'ownership card' (which has obviously been overlooked by the rich ditz who's in charge of our apartment, man is she one clueless class act). If we can't supply it our only other option is to change the locks (which we won't be footing the bill for thanks very much...)

Jacob said...

I've had one of those security keys, right annoying things they are. I also lost my postbox key, although I'm sure it would have been quite easy to rectify, a friend simply wrenched it open with their bare hands for me, - an even easier solution.

Something I (think I) discovered is that firemen and postmen carry a special 'master' key that works (by law) in all locks on communal access/hall doors (and postboxes). Seems like a bit of a security risk to me... I bet you could find them on the black market...