The Dark Side of Locksmiths

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beakt : First guy at 2:00 did nothing wrong, as they pointed out. He told her the price, she agreed, and he did the work. You can't bargain for a price after he's done the work, so they were right to pay him. If you don't like someone not giving you a quote over the phone, call someone else.

Jason C. : I don't agree with smoking but yeah, @92 whats the point of quitting? LOL

Christopher Nguyen : You think this is a rip off? Try investigating car mechanics and school tuition.

Cake Walk 315 : Lock- *Master* Lock pick level 15 *Pulls out Drill*

Alex : I'm so confused? 2:20 He told her that's how much he charges. She could have easily said no and found someone else. How is it a scam to ask for more when the person agrees?

reilly : Just let them work. If you don’t like the price don’t get locked out, or sit outside. These men are just trying to make a living.

Jo Lafa : So its a ripoff because its blue collar work? Why arent they going after lawyers? Doctors? Cable providers? Cell phone companies?

David Gagliotti : You pay for the knowledge, just like a lawyer, you could do the paperwork in hours but you don't know the laws and rules. Just forgot the tools, vehicles, insurance esc. I can fix an a/c or fridge , washer, dryer in a few minutes, but I charge more than $100 it's the time I spent in school on the job training, parts hardware. I admit $1000 is crazy but , you don't know how many locks and what name brand sometimes 1 key is $100. Its half a story.

J Robert : So showing up to help people is the dark side of things ? Pick sets are not free, fule isn't free , the man on the clock driving the truck is not volunteering, truck maintenance isn't free , tires are not free, training isnt free, licenses are not free, mans gotta pay taxes , his boss has to match the taxes, then pay more taxes on the profit if any. This is the most ridiculous video ever posted on you tube. What a disgrace to free market capitalism. these locksmiths were minding their own business until you called them and requested service.

Vladimir Makarov : Then learn to pick it yourself.

Chris Hedger : Reporters are the real scammers.

calebhuls49 : Imagine being so bent out of shape about a locksmith getting you for 100 bucks that you go to the news.

mn-native : That's just ridiculous! $185 just to pick your lock!?!? I can honestly say that I would do it for free!!! I wouldn't charge you a single penny to pick your lock. Sure you might not be there when I decide to pick your lock, and you might have a bunch of stolen shit missing from your house when you return. But I wouldn't charge you. Some people I tell ya!

Hyoil Moon : The locksmith opened the door in 1-2 minutes and charged a price of 160$. To all those idiots that think that's too high, it's what you pay for a professional. I bet if it took him 20-30 minutes to open the lock, most of you would say he deserved it. Imagine the countless times he had to fail in order to reach that level of expertise : how in the world did I just end up watching a video on locksmiths?

Sabres_fan : bruh this is just economics😂 low supply, inelastic demand. if you gotta get into your house, you gotta pay whatever it takes. maybe you shouldn’t have gotten locked out of your house, and then you wouldn’t have to be “ripped off”

FrenZie : Go investigate university tuition fees. That’s a real ripoff.

Lucas Berggren : That one lady didn’t look bad for being 92!

Damian Rodriguez : I used to tow cars with my own tow truck. I would charge people 40$ for 1-8 miles and 65$ if it was a heavy truck and people would still have the nerve to tell me its too much.. cmon now!! Lol

solidsnyper : Why are you drilling this lock. Clearly he should have rung the door bell people were home.

KL Tree Services : Kinda have to chuckle about them whining about the first guy and his $160 bill. I can relate. I operate a tree service and we have a minimum call-out charge of $250 for a Truck, Chipper and all the equipment. If someone calls me and they're stuck in their driveway because a 40 foot tree fell across it, it might take me 10 minutes to run it through the chipper. That's after I drove 1/2 hour to get there etc.. Like how cheap do people think you can work? It's a business, and a free market. I cant even drive my truck for an hour and run the chipper for 1/2 hour for $50 in diesel alone. Skilled labour isn't cheap and cheap Labour isn't skilled...

JMGRICH : The media lives to demonize everyone, stop trying to make one or two companies appear like its the whole industry and increasing regulations on business owners.

NickyOSRS : I was a former locksmith so give this a read, this is first hand experiences I'm about to say I work for a company called Pop-A-Lock. Very reputable company and legitimate business and locksmiths. I only did car lockouts, no residential (house) or commercial (business) lockouts. My area was Columbia, SC and for car lockouts, within our radius was $45..for residential/commercial lockouts was around $75 if I remember correctly. If ANYONE cannot give you a straight price over the phone, don't go with the locksmith. Make sure the company has good reviews online. I work for Pop-A-Lock when I was 20 years old for about a year; they gave me decent training and ALL of the tools I need and even gave me a booklet with step by step instructions and getting into cars. Again, if there is no set price over the phone, call someone else... If there anyone texting you about your lockout situation, don't text back. Also not all prices will be the same for all companies..obviously some prices will probably fluctuate about $10-$20. Hope this helps some of you!

SANFRAN LA : I was having a panic attack so I went to the ER and they did a couple tests and they charged me 7 thousand dollars ..

conspiracies are just great stories : The guy that who charged $75, which was less than the original phone estimate should get a free 30 second commercial for actually being a really good guy despite you trying to trap the.

HaveSomeRekage : 4:49 "But as the regulator, aren't you responsible for making sure people aren't getting ripped off?" No lol, it's your job to make sure you don't get ripped off.

Damon T : Funny how the guy with the tattoos was a stand up guy, and even billed her lower than the quote. My grandparents are the type of people to assume he’d be the scammer

Jose Camarena : Plot Twist: The Locksmiths that did in less than 5min were picking an unlocked door for the sake of the story.

Healthy K. Sparrow : $160 isn’t even a bad price. He still had to drive out there and spent more than the 2 minutes it took to pick the lock. It’s a completely fair price and she agreed before he did the work.

lucifer morningstar : I'm confused.... who asked that crazy cat lady about cigarettes lol

Rav Z : 1:40 lockpicking Lv100

VDI Qc : eberybody is hustling

Shadow Katt : "A simple lock picking" okay, then you do it Mr. Detective News Anchor Dude.

The6980 : 3:57 you picked the lock for only 52 seconds, you dimwit

blownonpurp : It’s a trade they can charge whatever they want

Alex : People pay to get Rekeyed? Are people seriously unable to just replace the door knob key?

hey you : I finish at the door and if customer comments outraged at how "easy" it was I relock the door and walk away. It may seem easy but it takes consistent practice to do so.

Oscar Moreno : Arab niggas

abeeftec : Wow this is BS. This investigation just called out an honest guy. Why does it cost 165 dollars to pick a lock? Because if you tried to do it yourself you probably couldn't and would have to learn and it would take a few hours to learn. He did that learning and just because now he can do it quickly does not mean he shouldn't be able to charge for the time it WOULD take if he did not learn the trade. Is he supposed to come unlock your door for 50 dollars? When you look at business over head and cost to get to the job plus tools and insurances 165 IS CHEAP.

Nathaniel Gomez : "Who are you and how did you get in here?" "I'm a locksmith. And I'm a locksmith". - Police Squad.

JC : When I was a kid, my parents were friends with a few locksmiths. One did time for "breaking into" the "night deposit" boxes on the sides of banks. I don't remember exactly how but they got caught and paid the price. Pretty sure they were manually making keys on the spot. I remember one time I locked my keys in the truck, hanging in the ignition. This was an older GM truck, so it still had separate door and ignition keys. Since the door key was hanging and visible, he went to the passenger side of the truck and peered in. I heard him read of a list of 4 or 5 numbers. Something like 1, 1, 3, 5, 2... He grabs a blank, takes the cutter and begins cutting the notches into the key. Each number corresponded to the depth of the cut. He got it first try. It was pretty fuckin cool to watch at 15 yrs old.

Sheeple Barn : let me give you some advice having been a member of a locksmith family. research before you get into a bad situation. only go with a locksmith that has a physical store. Don't ever deal with someone  that operates out of a vehicle. this business is very cut throat and these guys live by their wits jipping people. if you know a building contractor ask who he uses and get the business card and let the smith know who your friend is and his rep is on the line. I live in reno and only deal with a locksmith who owns a shop and does business with the casinos. he really good, his employees will make a key and then go out to your car and personally make certain the key works. call a casino and ask who does the locks, lie to the locksmith and tell him you work for the casino (hint)

SlimJimmy : I like how they edit out him asking to drill the lock before he does it.

luke wilson : Why am I evening watching this, I don't own any locks

Jayden Hamley : Prosecute them for overcharging? No, get the quote, negotiate and agree if you like it, if not, find another locksmith

Mike Hunt : Don't agree to the service if you think it's too high.

naturekid 1 : Yes all skilled trades are ripping people off. We don't deserve health benefits, vacation time, a fair salary, etc. our vans drive to your house on good intentions, brakes and maintenance never need to be done on them either. Oh, and I'm supposed to work out of my basement, not a actuall Comercials building. And I'm not supposed to maintain a stock of parts and tools, so I can waste my time driving across the city everytime I need a part. Why don't you go into a restaurant and bitch at them for charging 3x the amount for a steak you can by at the store, and leave the skilled trades alone.

MGTOWN : Every immigrant ripped off the customer! Diversity is our strength! PURE rats

ivan valdez : Locksmith for an apartment?.... go to the office .... l0l

Big Jake : I pray you never have your own company.