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The curious mystery of the sporadic lock - Ed's journal
The curious mystery of the sporadic lock
A small puzzle has arisen, that is perplexing me somewhat.
4 housemate share a house. We shall refer to them as 1, 2, 3, 4.
Housemate 1 and 2 attend a gathering, to which housemate 3 is not invited, due to 'history'.
Housemate 1 and 2 return home afterwards, a little before midnight, to find that neither of their keys will turn 'much' in the lock. e.g. not enough to open it.
Housemate 1 and 2 knock lots.
Housemate 1 and 2 acquire ladder to knock on window of housemate 3. There is no response.
Housemate 1 and 2 try and sort locksmith, but are unable to do so at clear of midnight on a saturday, so go to a friends house to crash.
Housemate 1 and 2 return home the next morning, and try keys in lock. All is fine. Out of curiosity they try and flip the catch on the lock, and the lock behaves in the same way.

Housemate 3 is disinterested but was out.
Housemate 4 is in another country.
Housemate 1 is tired, and cancels plans for the day, in favour of a decent sleep.

Ah, but here's the mystery.
Housemate 1's computer was used between 8pm, and 11:30pm. To view Yahoo Games, and to read his livejournal, where the post about the gathering would have been visible.

Clearly, as no one was in, no one could have been doing it. And the lock must be very dodgy to deadlock itself, and undeadlock itself the following morning.
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From: feanelwa Date: November 6th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Housemate 3 arrives home to find a dead fish in his bed. Housemates 1 & 2 were out.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't tempt housemate 1
phyrbyrd From: phyrbyrd Date: November 6th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would've done the same damn thing had I been Housemate 3, and Housemate 1 should check his computer for annoying new installations and evidence that somebody's sent off for sex toys by mail in his name...
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: November 7th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Can I ask uou to help me follow the line of reasoning please?

I don't think using someone elses computer is a particularly nice thing to do. I don't think doing so to read confidential material is right at all.
To my mind, locking someone out of their own house, for anything short of fear that they're about to assault you is out of order.
To do so because a 3rd party doesn't actually like you very much (for various reasons) is ... well somewhat beyond unacceptable behaviour.

I can't actually figure out what line of reasoning would be involved.
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veremit From: veremit Date: November 7th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Surely, housemate 1's computer was passworded, and therefore access wasn't available .....

.. or are some so (naive?)/trustworthy than anyone can free-for-all !

Why don't housemates one and two change the locks?! :D

More seriously, isn't this majorly petty? I mean, surely we;re talking about supposedly 20-something year olds, not early teenagers .. or am I somewhat mistaken ...
sobrique From: sobrique Date: November 7th, 2005 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
20+, indeed.
velvet_nothing From: velvet_nothing Date: November 7th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I am SOOOOO glad I no longer have housemate issues!
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: November 7th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
What country is Housemate 4 in? Maybe they snuck back?

Where did Housemate 3 claim to be?
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mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: November 7th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
America, huh? A likely story, methinks they've been hiding under the floor boards all this time and chose to sneak out and get a dose of Yahoo! Games on this special night. For fear of detection they flipped the door over to deadlock while sneaking out and could not open the door upon the arrival of their unfortunate housemates due to their desire to remain hidden.

That's also why those biscuits keep mysteriously disappearing and the anti-freeze goes so fast.
crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: November 7th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
All I can say is .. typical.

And highlights the very reasons why housemate 3 is in the position that he is in.

Housemate 3 shall be dealt back what he has dealt out.
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: November 7th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
To housemate 1 & 2: if it happens again call the Police, they should help you enter your building. They should also have numerous words with housemate 3 for illegally preventing you from entering your place of residence.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The police _were_ called. The options they gave were the numbers of some 24 hour locksmiths (none of which answered the phone) or coming over to break the door down. Sad thing is, all I _really_ needed was a really long ladder and I could have got in one of my bedroom windows. Unfortunately, finding a long ladder at 1:30am on a saturday night isn't the easiest of things.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: November 7th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably just as well on the ladders, given the neighbourhood.
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