Locksmiths--Commercial Informative - Beware Of Shady Locksmiths

Review by Beni on 2010-08-23
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I wholly agree with a recent review describing a bad experience with a dishonest locksmith. I had the same experience when the door lock of my restaurant needed repair. I called and was told this was a simple job and would be around $60.
The locksmith arrived and proceeded to dismantle the entire door. At this point, he informed me that this was a "special" lock that would cost $400!
I disputed this, and was informed that if I didn't pay it, he would simply leave it this way.

I had no choice but to agree to his dishonest tactics, and of course, he would not accept a check or credit card--he followed me to the bank and accepted only cash.

Moral of the story: Get it in writing, before even one screw is removed!
Comments:2 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-08-23
Posted by Weedwhacked on 2010-08-23:
If he only accepted cash he's probably pocketing a large amount and only reporting the small documented amount with the business.
Posted by Starlord on 2010-08-23:
I agree, he probably turned in the $60 you were quoted and pocketed the other $340. I took a course in locksmithing, and can tell you, there are no 'special' locks. This reminds me of the mail-order contact lens company whose commercial features a man saying they can't have his contacts, because he has special eyes. Had he told me thtat you had to pay cash on the spot or he'd leave it, I would have called his bluff, as well as another locksmith.

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