that time we were locked out of our house by technologythat time we were locked out of our house by technologythat time we were locked out of our house by technology

by:DIgao     2020-06-28
Technology is a great thing, they say, until it\'s not.
To be honest, in my life, I rarely have major technical experiences that go wrong, and in the past, when someone said something like this, I was always a little turning my eyes.
I love reading magazines on my iPad and listening to music on Bluetooth speakers connected to Spotify.
My whole world is on my phone, though I rarely use it to call people unless it\'s for work.
Last summer, when we installed a \"smart\" home security system called Vivint at home, Steve and I relied further on technology.
This is a great setting-
The camera in the doorbell took a video of everyone who came to our door, and of course we could see the video on our phone;
We can control the thermostat and turn the lights off and on from the phone;
It even came with a second camera and we set it up as a monitor in the baby\'s room.
Vivint also allows you to lock and unlock the front door from your phone, or use the keyboard above the lock.
This is probably the feature I use most often because when rushing out of the door with two kids, it\'s easier than pulling the key out of my wallet.
It turns out that the automatic locks have batteries, and like all the batteries, they end up dying.
Long story short, our battery decided to die suddenly around 9. m.
On a Wednesday night, when my family came back from the outing, it was far more than the sleeping time of the five of us --year-old and nine-month-old children.
Tired, tired, we staggered to the door, I hit the pin in.
The lock makes a splash of \"rrrrrr\" sound and is not unlocked.
I tried again from my phone and the same thing happened.
I tried about 10 more times for the same result.
Steve began to panic.
I told him everything would be fine.
Usually, I\'m scared.
This is a strange character reversal. I called 24.
Vivint\'s helpline believes they will certainly have some advice on resolving the issue.
About half an hour, I was put on hold when Steve was arguing over our overworked kids on the porch.
During this time, I also tried to break into our house in many different ways.
Unfortunately, both the garage and patio sliding doors are locked (
Rare events)
None of the windows were open and I was not desperate to try to break it.
The house is tightly sealed.
This is a good thing on any other day.
Finally, I found a Vivint customer service agent.
He is friendly and compassionate, but he can\'t do anything.
\"Did you not have the key you gave you when you installed the system? ” he asked.
Of course, if we have these, we can open the door in an old-fashioned way.
But they were hidden in my old wallet, in the locked house.
We feel like idiots.
\"It\'s okay,\" I said to Steve.
\"We called the locksmith.
Steve began to become more abnormal.
\"It\'s going to be $300,\" he objected before admitting that it was indeed our only option.
I searched for \"emergency 24-
7 Locksmith Kingston \"and dialed the first number.
A man with a heavy accent replied that he would come and help us, but could not go for two hours.
Then I began to cry. “Two hours?
But what about the little kids we need to sleep with and our dogs? They are in the House, barking, complaining, and need to be fed.
\"I offered to pay more for him coming early, but he said he couldn\'t do that.
He then spent a few minutes trying to find another locksmith for me and he might come up right away, but no one answered the phone.
Instead of waiting outside, we went to my parents\' house, which was only about 10 minutes away.
I asked the locksmith to call me while we were at home.
It\'s really not that bad-
We put summer on our parents\' bed and everyone drank a beer trying to calm down.
About an hour and a half later, the locksmith called and we went home to meet him.
It turned out that this poor guy drove all the way from Ottawa to open the door for us.
That\'s why he can\'t get there in two hours. (
Of course, the number I searched on Google is 613-
So I didn\'t automatically recognize it as non-local. )
He explained to us in very crappy English that Kingston did not actually have an emergency locksmith, but when I called him he felt so bad about me that he decided to travel.
It took him nearly an hour to break the lock, open our door, and more time to install the new lock, and thankfully he brought the new lock with him.
It was a long night, but it was such a wonderful feeling when we finally got back to the house around 1 in the morning. m.
We did buy a new battery for our beautiful automatic lock, but the locksmith had to tear it down and open our door, and honestly I don\'t think we were in a hurry to reopen itinstall it.
\"I like our \'new\' old lock --and-
\"Key,\" I said to Steve the next day. He agreed.
I think that\'s all we have.
Technology is a great thing, they say, until it\'s not.
To be honest, in my life, I rarely have major technical experiences that go wrong, and in the past, when someone said something like this, I was always a little turning my eyes.
I love reading magazines on my iPad and listening to music on Bluetooth speakers connected to Spotify.
My whole world is on my phone, though I rarely use it to call people unless it\'s for work.
Last summer, when we installed a \"smart\" home security system called Vivint at home, Steve and I relied further on technology.
This is a great setting-
The camera in the doorbell took a video of everyone who came to our door, and of course we could see the video on our phone;
We can control the thermostat and turn the lights off and on from the phone;
It even came with a second camera and we set it up as a monitor in the baby\'s room.
Vivint also allows you to lock and unlock the front door from your phone, or use the keyboard above the lock.
This is probably the feature I use most often because when rushing out of the door with two kids, it\'s easier than pulling the key out of my wallet.
It turns out that the automatic locks have batteries, and like all the batteries, they end up dying.
Long story short, our battery decided to die suddenly around 9. m.
On a Wednesday night, when my family came back from the outing, it was far more than the sleeping time of the five of us --year-old and nine-month-old children.
Tired, tired, we staggered to the door, I hit the pin in.
The lock makes a splash of \"rrrrrr\" sound and is not unlocked.
I tried again from my phone and the same thing happened.
I tried about 10 more times for the same result.
Steve began to panic.
I told him everything would be fine.
Usually, I\'m scared.
This is a strange character reversal. I called 24.
Vivint\'s helpline believes they will certainly have some advice on resolving the issue.
About half an hour, I was put on hold when Steve was arguing over our overworked kids on the porch.
During this time, I also tried to break into our house in many different ways.
Unfortunately, both the garage and patio sliding doors are locked (
Rare events)
None of the windows were open and I was not desperate to try to break it.
The house is tightly sealed.
This is a good thing on any other day.
Finally, I found a Vivint customer service agent.
He is friendly and compassionate, but he can\'t do anything.
\"Did you not have the key you gave you when you installed the system? ” he asked.
Of course, if we have these, we can open the door in an old-fashioned way.
But they were hidden in my old wallet, in the locked house.
We feel like idiots.
\"It\'s okay,\" I said to Steve.
\"We called the locksmith.
Steve began to become more abnormal.
\"It\'s going to be $300,\" he objected before admitting that it was indeed our only option.
I searched for \"emergency 24-
7 Locksmith Kingston \"and dialed the first number.
A man with a heavy accent replied that he would come and help us, but could not go for two hours.
Then I began to cry. “Two hours?
But what about the little kids we need to sleep with and our dogs? They are in the House, barking, complaining, and need to be fed.
\"I offered to pay more for him coming early, but he said he couldn\'t do that.
He then spent a few minutes trying to find another locksmith for me and he might come up right away, but no one answered the phone.
Instead of waiting outside, we went to my parents\' house, which was only about 10 minutes away.
I asked the locksmith to call me while we were at home.
It\'s really not that bad-
We put summer on our parents\' bed and everyone drank a beer trying to calm down.
About an hour and a half later, the locksmith called and we went home to meet him.
It turned out that this poor guy drove all the way from Ottawa to open the door for us.
That\'s why he can\'t get there in two hours. (
Of course, the number I searched on Google is 613-
So I didn\'t automatically recognize it as non-local. )
He explained to us in very crappy English that Kingston did not actually have an emergency locksmith, but when I called him he felt so bad about me that he decided to travel.
It took him nearly an hour to break the lock, open our door, and more time to install the new lock, and thankfully he brought the new lock with him.
It was a long night, but it was such a wonderful feeling when we finally got back to the house around 1 in the morning. m.
We did buy a new battery for our beautiful automatic lock, but the locksmith had to tear it down and open our door, and honestly I don\'t think we were in a hurry to reopen itinstall it.
\"I like our \'new\' old lock --and-
\"Key,\" I said to Steve the next day. He agreed.
I think that\'s all we have.
Technology is a great thing, they say, until it\'s not.
To be honest, in my life, I rarely have major technical experiences that go wrong, and in the past, when someone said something like this, I was always a little turning my eyes.
I love reading magazines on my iPad and listening to music on Bluetooth speakers connected to Spotify.
My whole world is on my phone, though I rarely use it to call people unless it\'s for work.
Last summer, when we installed a \"smart\" home security system called Vivint at home, Steve and I relied further on technology.
This is a great setting-
The camera in the doorbell took a video of everyone who came to our door, and of course we could see the video on our phone;
We can control the thermostat and turn the lights off and on from the phone;
It even came with a second camera and we set it up as a monitor in the baby\'s room.
Vivint also allows you to lock and unlock the front door from your phone, or use the keyboard above the lock.
This is probably the feature I use most often because when rushing out of the door with two kids, it\'s easier than pulling the key out of my wallet.
It turns out that the automatic locks have batteries, and like all the batteries, they end up dying.
Long story short, our battery decided to die suddenly around 9. m.
On a Wednesday night, when my family came back from the outing, it was far more than the sleeping time of the five of us --year-old and nine-month-old children.
Tired, tired, we staggered to the door, I hit the pin in.
The lock makes a splash of \"rrrrrr\" sound and is not unlocked.
I tried again from my phone and the same thing happened.
I tried about 10 more times for the same result.
Steve began to panic.
I told him everything would be fine.
Usually, I\'m scared.
This is a strange character reversal. I called 24.
Vivint\'s helpline believes they will certainly have some advice on resolving the issue.
About half an hour, I was put on hold when Steve was arguing over our overworked kids on the porch.
During this time, I also tried to break into our house in many different ways.
Unfortunately, both the garage and patio sliding doors are locked (
Rare events)
None of the windows were open and I was not desperate to try to break it.
The house is tightly sealed.
This is a good thing on any other day.
Finally, I found a Vivint customer service agent.
He is friendly and compassionate, but he can\'t do anything.
\"Did you not have the key you gave you when you installed the system? ” he asked.
Of course, if we have these, we can open the door in an old-fashioned way.
But they were hidden in my old wallet, in the locked house.
We feel like idiots.
\"It\'s okay,\" I said to Steve.
\"We called the locksmith.
Steve began to become more abnormal.
\"It\'s going to be $300,\" he objected before admitting that it was indeed our only option.
I searched for \"emergency 24-
7 Locksmith Kingston \"and dialed the first number.
A man with a heavy accent replied that he would come and help us, but could not go for two hours.
Then I began to cry. “Two hours?
But what about the little kids we need to sleep with and our dogs? They are in the House, barking, complaining, and need to be fed.
\"I offered to pay more for him coming early, but he said he couldn\'t do that.
He then spent a few minutes trying to find another locksmith for me and he might come up right away, but no one answered the phone.
Instead of waiting outside, we went to my parents\' house, which was only about 10 minutes away.
I asked the locksmith to call me while we were at home.
It\'s really not that bad-
We put summer on our parents\' bed and everyone drank a beer trying to calm down.
About an hour and a half later, the locksmith called and we went home to meet him.
It turned out that this poor guy drove all the way from Ottawa to open the door for us.
That\'s why he can\'t get there in two hours. (
Of course, the number I searched on Google is 613-
So I didn\'t automatically recognize it as non-local. )
He explained to us in very crappy English that Kingston did not actually have an emergency locksmith, but when I called him he felt so bad about me that he decided to travel.
It took him nearly an hour to break the lock, open our door, and more time to install the new lock, and thankfully he brought the new lock with him.
It was a long night, but it was such a wonderful feeling when we finally got back to the house around 1 in the morning. m.
We did buy a new battery for our beautiful automatic lock, but the locksmith had to tear it down and open our door, and honestly I don\'t think we were in a hurry to reopen itinstall it.
\"I like our \'new\' old lock --and-
\"Key,\" I said to Steve the next day. He agreed.
I think that\'s all we have.
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