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So, Saturday night and Sunday morning, I was at the office, doing some work to migrate our database to a new server. I was alone in the office, so I had the doors locked.

I took a break to go use the restroom. When I was finished, I realized two things: first, the door was still locked, and second...I had left my keys on my desk.

Not only was the office door locked, but also the door to the outside. And it has keyholes on both sides, so you can't open it from the inside without a key. I was well and truly trapped.

I thought briefly about breaking down the door, but decided this was a last-resort option. Was I in a last-resort situation?

Well, I had my cell phone with me, so I decided that no, I was not. So, I tried calling my supervisor, Ron. No answer. Tried his house phone, also no answer.

Tried my boss, Lanny. No answer.

Tried Ron again. Tried boss again.

Tried the other programmers. No answers there.

I was about to try Mark, our GIS guy, when my phone died. Out of power. Kaput. The timing could not have been worse.

WELL. At this point, I took stock of my situation. No way out of the building, and even if I could get out, no way to get home because my car keys were in the office. Even if I could get home, no way to get in because my house key was in the office. No one else was awake to come open the door. I had no food, only water was from the bathroom sink, and no idea when someone else might come by. And, most important, I had no way to communicate my situation to anyone else.

At this point, I decided it WAS a last-resort situation. So, I grabbed the fire extinguisher off of the wall and approached the door.

Bashing the door itself was not going to work, it is solid oak. I looked it over, and realized that bashing open the main office door was a bad idea. There was, however, another door, the door to the server room, which opened onto this corridor. That door never got used, and was usually blocked by large heavy boxes. In this case, however, I knew that they had been moved a week before, and there was a good chance the door was unobstructed.

So, I looked again. Big door, also solid oak. Not going anywhere. Doorknob, however, was a different story. I realized that I didn't need to break the door, just the knob; then I could pull the bolt from the wall and push the door open.

It took about fifteen or so heavy bashings with the extinguisher, but the knob came off, and the bolt came out. I pushed open the door and collapsed on the floor with relief.

I was a bit too frazzled to work any more, so I collected my keys, wrote a note to my bosses about why the doorknob was broken on that door, and left. My last words to myself out the door were, "I hope there's no legal repercussions from this."


Fast forward to today: I'm back in the office, much refreshed after resting, and working again. My boss calls to check on my progress. I fill him in, and then tell him about the incident of the previous night. I worried that he would be upset, or angry, or...something. Instead, he just said "Yikes, I'm glad you're okay. Y'know, this isn't the first time someone has accidentally been locked out. Maybe I should invest in combination locks."

*WHEW*

So, no trouble. I might have to pay for the doorknob, but those are cheap. And hey, now I get to tell people that I have actually broken down a door by bashing the knob with a fire extinguisher!

Date: 2010-07-19 03:45 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] markgritter.livejournal.com
Great story.

No way out of the building,

Doesn't the fire marshal have a thing or two to say about that?

Date: 2010-07-19 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
Well, I asked my boss, and it turns out, you CAN open the back door without a key.

But, that was something I didn't know at the time.

Date: 2010-07-19 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nimbrethil.livejournal.com
Huh. Maybe someone should make it a priority to ensure that everyone does know that?

Date: 2010-07-19 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nimbrethil.livejournal.com
Jeez, Flew. I'm glad you're okay, and there's no legal repercussions to worry about.

Date: 2010-07-19 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
Well, breaking and entering is when an unauthorized person tries to gain entry.

I am not unauthorized, so...

Date: 2010-07-19 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nimbrethil.livejournal.com
Well, sure, but I was looking at it more as damage to company property, not breaking and entering. Still, I'm glad it doesn't look like you'll have to do anything more than pay for the doorknob.

Date: 2010-07-21 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happiestsadist.livejournal.com
Yeah, it's more like breaking into one's house.

Date: 2010-08-01 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackytar.livejournal.com
Heh - glad to hear things worked out okay in the end, but it did set me to thinking this is a pretty good example of breaking and exiting :)

Date: 2010-07-19 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arthur-sc-king.livejournal.com
Uhhh, I've never seen a server room without a combo lock. Ever. In 30 years.

Yeah, I'd keep on the boss about that.

Well, at least it gives you one more tickybox on some memes....

Date: 2010-07-19 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
We're a small business. But yeah, we need combo locks.

Date: 2010-07-19 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lucretiasheart.livejournal.com
Adventure of the most annoying kind! =^P

Date: 2010-07-19 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercuryfading.livejournal.com
HULK SMASH!!

Nicely done!

Date: 2010-07-20 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xuincherguixe.livejournal.com
I was tempted not to post this for reasons you are about to understand, but I put this entry through http://www.iwl.me/

This post was written like Stephenie Meyer.

Date: 2010-07-20 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
That thing's a big scam anyway.

Date: 2010-07-20 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spooke.livejournal.com
It's a good thing those knobs were smashable. I'm glad you got out!

Date: 2010-07-21 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happiestsadist.livejournal.com
Yikes! Glad you were okay.

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