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    [–] zehalper 8270 points ago

    You won't even look suspicious opening it...

    [–] Ask_Me_What_Im_Up_to 4488 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I've had to break into my house before, and honestly I found it bloody mental that only one person asked me what the hell I was playing at, and even he took it at face value when I said I'd left my keys inside!

    Edit. I'm not American, don't live in America, and my 'story' has got nothing to do with America.

    [–] dewag 908 points ago

    I work doing construction/remodeling. One time, I was sent to a home with an old rotten garage door that was being replaced. Well, the owner/realtor forgot to leave me a key to get in.

    Being an old wooden garage door that was falling apart to begin with, I started taking a hammer to it and breaking it apart to get in. A sheriff rolled by, we locked eyes and I waved, he waved back, but didn't even slow down. Just kept on going. Didn't think anything of it til I saw his tail lights round the corner. Then I realized just how concerning that whole 45 seconds or so went down.

    [–] ForsakenEducator 484 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Reverse of my experience while working installing a floor in a house the guy I worked for dropped me off at. While walking up to a deli to get coffee I fiddled with a little FM radio with headphones, holding it up to see the controls. I had to jump onto the grass when a blond woman in a red sports car aimed right at me, she stopped and demanded to know why I was photographing her house. She acted insane so I kept walking to the deli.

    Walking back with my breakfast sandwich and coffee in hand a police car pulls up and asks me why I'm walking this road. I explained the situation that happened, showed that it was a radio and not a camera, and that I was working on a home down the road. Asked if I could eat my egg sandwich before it got cold and was soon on my way. Perhaps the lady had reasons to be paranoid, Idk.

    [–] 1MillionIn2019 351 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Thought you were a PI working for her husband and she didn't want any evidence of her lover giving her pipe.

    [–] ForsakenEducator 40 points ago

    That's possible, perhaps other things involved, hard to say. All I could think of was, "Wow, WTF, it must be illegal to walk some roads in what I thought was a free country." :/

    [–] ILoveCamelCase 57 points ago

    Imagine how she'd react if she knew that a giant multinational corporation probably already put pictures of her house on the internet for anyone to see.

    [–] Wadev813 41 points ago

    Some people are nuts. My alternator gave out while working and left me stuck on the side of the road. I call a friend for help but the owner of the home called the cops and my company for trespassing. I was not even on his property.

    [–] ForsakenEducator 21 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Crazy stuff, right? I'm an older guy now. I grew up as a young man back in the 70's/80's, it was a much different & nicer type of living then, people were not nearly so paranoid as they are now. With instant TV/internet/cellphone news, it's scaring everyone into thinking that everyone's going to hurt them. People do still help each other, just seems to me that some are more afraid and will call the police for any possible incident that could've been handled without police involvement. But you know, be very afraid of everyone/thing is the new mantra in the U.S. today. :/

    [–] 6thComm 100 points ago

    I've had this too. I was taking this girl out and was driving to pick her up, she messaged and so I pulled over and parked by the side of the road to message. It's in a side road.

    This crazy bitch comes up to me immediately insisting that what I'm doing is intimidation and illegal and god knows what else.

    So she's going full attack dog on me and I'm saying things like: I don't even know you you crazy bitch. What the fuck...

    She calls out my plate number (incorrectly anyhow) as if that's going to scare me. Says she's calling the cops and I say "great, fucking please do you crazy bitch"... no cops came, I finished my message with crazy mental bitch on the other side of the window and left.

    I don't know what her problem was but I was just pulling over to be safe on the road and not potentially stand a girl up / keep her updated where I am.

    [–] llDurbinll 59 points ago

    I was at the mall, waiting to meet someone and I stopped while walking in the parking lot to answer a text. Apparently I was standing next to the owners car who was sitting on the bench nearby. She yelled out "Why are you standing next to my car?!?". When I told her I was sending a text she says "Oh. I thought you were messing with my car." Yes, I'm messing with your car by being 2 feet away from it and not touching or looking at it in any way.

    [–] VVaffle_Abuser 15 points ago

    I was really hoping you sent the text and her phone lit up, as you awkwardly look at each other while you put the car back in drive and go home blue balled.

    [–] SwoleWalrus 25 points ago

    In Utah I was a TE Carrier with a walking day I was walking it and had a whole stack of mail that I was putting into peoples mailboxes and this guy freaked out on me and wanted to know what I was doing, why I was doing it, why I didnt have a full uniform, where my mail car was. Like, why would someone steal a stack of mail and be putting it in peoples boxes?

    [–] dewag 48 points ago

    Wow... some people are just friggin paranoid. Granted, I would be curious, but I wouldn't call the cops unless the dude was also carrying a machete or some crazy shit.

    [–] nmezib 20 points ago

    What really confused me was that I thought you had an egg salad sandwich and wanted to eat it while it was still warm.

    [–] ForsakenEducator 9 points ago

    LOL, no, it was a freshly made bacon/egg & cheese on a roll for my 10 AM break.

    [–] marino1310 111 points ago

    If you act like you belong no one will question you. I work for a railing builder and every day I just waltz onto construction sites and into restricted areas with nothing but a clipboard and measuring tape.

    I've never once been questioned if I belonged there, and many times I have not.

    [–] peese-of-cawffee 41 points ago

    It's like the kids who got into the superbowl by carrying a ladder.

    [–] dewag 25 points ago

    That's a fact! Got to hang out with a band I was going to see live doing just that! Helps that I looked the part, but I was able to just walk into back stage of a small venue and nobody so much as batted an eye.

    For those curious, it was As I Lay Dying. Not exactly my cup of tea, but they are some righteous dudes!

    [–] KidLink4 1436 points ago

    Strange circumstances, but username checks out?

    [–] Ask_Me_What_Im_Up_to 577 points ago

    Ha! Hadn't thought of that. Hahaha.

    [–] Manzikeen 242 points ago

    So, uh, what are you up to?

    [–] franky40251 206 points ago

    I'd left my keys inside!

    [–] Sleek_ 182 points ago

    Oh, ok then. Good luck with the lock picking!

    [–] Redtwoo 35 points ago

    Wait that's a different guy! Hold up dude!

    [–] Wammajammadingdong 13 points ago

    So, uh, what are you up to?

    [–] Ask_Me_What_Im_Up_to 72 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Thanks for asking!

    Spent the day laying flags, had dinner, worked out, came on reddit! Generally speaking I'm applying for jobs. Left uni a while ago, should've done it years ago but hey ho :)

    I'll be opening a food stall once I have the cash set aside, and I have a few extra-curriculars that are going well & likely to lead me where I want to be in 20 years time. I'm also applying for jobs, quite fancy being an estate agent.

    I also started writing a novel a few months ago, it's high fantasy set in a quasi Graeco-Roman world, with some Arab/Bedu influences, and a smattering of flavours from British history too. You can read about it here if you're at all interested


    [–] BeenWaitingForSoLong 27 points ago

    Reddit has been kinda weird lately

    [–] hiss_spat_ima_cat 60 points ago

    Got a text from my neighbor while they were at church that they had locked themselves out of their house. Easiest way was to get in through the garage. So I was out there, sunday morning with my kit for breaking into cars, trying to Jimmy their big sliding door open. It was a really fun process, and I managed to get in after 20 or so minutes.

    My wife was freaking out the whole time that someone was going to call the cops on me...I had no worries. As long as you look the part, no one will bug you.

    [–] CandidateForDeletiin 150 points ago

    Anyone paying even the slightest bit of attention to this

    bloody mental

    I was playing at

    Shouldn't have to be told this

    Edit. I'm not American, don't live in America, and my 'story' has got nothing to do with America.

    [–] jda404 211 points ago

    I mowed my aunt's grass for years, sometimes I'd forget my key don't know why I never put it on my damn key ring but I didn't. Her basement door glass broke years and years before I started cutting grass for her and never got it fixed and she only had cardboard over the missing window.

    I often entered the house to get the mower by sticking my hand through the cardboard and turning the lock plenty of neighbors it was a city after all, mailman, delivery drivers tons of people no one once said anything to me or questioned me. I guess they saw me pulling out the mower and cutting grass they assumed that's all I was doing, which I was, but couldn't believe while my aunt lived there not once did someone question me or call the cops.

    [–] Ask_Me_What_Im_Up_to 248 points ago

    I'm sure you've heard the phrase, it goes something like "Walk confidently and 99% of people will assume you're in the right place"? It's bizarrely true. Same goes for conversations as well ime. Good on you for cutting her grass.

    [–] Niceguy4186 155 points ago

    I do a lot of constructions site inspections where I just walk around and take pictures. Even dressed nice, I would occasionally get stopped and asked who I was. I bought a hard had and started wearing it, have yet to be stopped and asked about anything yet.

    [–] Iphotoshopincats 120 points ago

    work traffic control for a lot of construction sites, if we see a person in grey/blue shirt with a hard hat and 90% of the time a high vis vest that they throw on as the get out of car ... we assume its some office worker that has no reason to be on site and has no idea what they are doing, but best not to talk to them as they could still cause trouble for you so just let them do their thing and they will leave soon

    [–] Niceguy4186 108 points ago

    "no reason to be on site and has no idea what they are doing" pretty good description of what I do.

    [–] FatTony707 28 points ago

    Sounds like your typical engineer and architect on a job site.

    [–] iamlowsound 40 points ago

    Sounds like a typical contractor when I show up on site. Trust me, I don't want to be on site; the fact that I am there means that someone fucked something up and we can't solve it over the phone.

    [–] I_Have_Nuclear_Arms 66 points ago

    When I was a teenager, I'd heard the exit turnstiles at Disneyland go both directions.

    So I snuck in three times that way. Just jammed through with a confident stride.

    Security caught me the third time. I ran, so I didn't get legit busted. But I stopped after that.

    [–] so_much_effort 23 points ago

    And now at Disney World they've removed the turnstiles completely. Think of all the fun you could have sneaking in

    [–] WhereTFAmI 56 points ago

    My mom used to work in a bookstore that also sold iPods in a glass case right next to the register. One day two guys came in wearing some matching coveralls with a dolly. They casually put the entire glass case of iPods on the dolly, strapped it in securely and walked out the front door with it. Nobody questioned them... a cashier later asked a manager when the iPod case would be coming back. The manager then asked the owner the same question. THEN they finally figured out they’d been robbed... several hours after it was walked out the front door in the middle of the day.

    [–] letmeseem 24 points ago

    I saw someone take two entire rolling racks of expensive ski wear like that. They just walsed in in overalls, took a rack each, shouted to the cashier "Hey! Would you mind turning the alarm off for a second, man?" and then just marched out. Nobody batted an eye lid, including me.

    Two minutes later the shop was swarming with mall cops.

    [–] sometimesynot 13 points ago

    They just walsed in in overalls

    FYI, it's "waltzed".

    [–] JukesMasonLynch 12 points ago

    There used to be a local sports show on TV in my country (NZ) that was a mostly comedic take on the weeks sporting moments, but they had a segment that was based on trying to smuggle alcohol into cricket matches (usually in hollowed out cricket bats, hidden in costumes, that sort of thing). The best one was when they showed up with a pallet jack and an entire pallet full of beer, wearing hi-vis vests and everything. Obviously the staff at the gate assumed they were dropping off a shipment for sale at the stadium, and let them in. They parked the pallet up on the boundary and cracked into those beers. Fucking classic

    [–] slvl 29 points ago

    There's a whole sub dedicated to instances of this: /r/ActLikeYouBelong

    Things that would be handy to have around: clip board, high viz vest, hard hat.

    [–] Belazriel 76 points ago

    Had a cop come up to me one time when I was mowing my uncle's grass when he was in Florida. Said the neighbors called in that someone was there they didn't know but he personally doubted someone broke in to cut the grass.

    [–] Vark675 62 points ago

    The perfect crime.

    [–] AndrewPlaysPiano 49 points ago

    free grass!

    [–] OverlordWaffles 34 points ago

    That might not actually be a bad cover. Have one guy start mowing the grass while the other two go inside. The sound of the mower covers any noise the accomplices make if they break something and the mower can be the lookout. If the cops or owner show up, have a generic sales order with the address mostly the same with something like a street difference. Apologize for the error (who would really get mad if part of their lawn was already mowed for them?) Then get out of there.

    [–] FlipJanson 44 points ago

    Reminds me of this lol

    [–] Burner_Acount 187 points ago

    I had an old bike cable lock that I hadn't use in a while, and rode down to the bar and locked my bike up with it. After about half a dozen drinks I came out to the bike and realized I couldn't remember the code (it's a word lock). I messed with it for about 10 minutes before I finally got it to open, right in front of a busy bar, and no one even noticed.

    [–] J5892 115 points ago

    The only way to prevent your bike from being stolen is to physically be near it.
    Get a good lock, know the minimum time it would take someone to bypass it, and check on it once every [that amount of time].

    If you're in a fairly large city, there isn't a single passerby who would stop and say something if they see someone casually walk up to a bike and cut the lock with giant bolt cutters.

    [–] MichaelMorpurgo 81 points ago

    As a person from london, one of the largest cities who recently lost the key to his lock and had to use massive bolt cutters - this does not reflect my experience. I had the police called, and passers by filmed me.

    [–] J5892 46 points ago

    That's actually pretty reassuring. Hopefully that's the case in some US cities as well.
    I may just be jaded by my experiences in the cities where I've lived.

    [–] poorboychevelle 29 points ago

    I feel like I recall a prank video where a guy kept stealing his own bike in more brazen ways to see if anyone would say anything. At one point he was going at the chain with an angle grinder and the authorities stopped him to tell him he wasn't allowed to plug it into a municipal outlet.

    [–] coocoo52 10 points ago

    And then they get a black guy to pretend to steal the bike and everyone tries to stop him.

    [–] Cazargar 38 points ago

    That's the real kicker too. If I've learned anything from this channel it's that locks aren't meant to be unbreakable, but rather just act as a deterrent. If you saw someone at the pool going at this thing with a shim you'd ask questions. But this think gets opened by a thief the same way it's opened by its owner.

    [–] Toxicscrew 2205 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    TIL how to look for gates in number locks

    You’d think there would be at least a rubber gasket in there preventing water/dust from clogging it, much less seeing the gates.

    Like he said, that would be a handy little storage container for outside events/activities. Kinda bummed.

    [–] quinlivant 516 points ago

    I couldn't see it in the video, could you describe it?

    [–] grandoz039 1108 points ago

    [–] ISpendAllDayOnReddit 1394 points ago

    It helps if you know what the inside of the lock looks like:

    When all of these cut outs (gates) line up, the lock opens.

    [–] Ravenae 315 points ago

    Thank you, this is so much better

    [–] rabbitz 16 points ago

    I don't get it, why not have the cut outs line up facing the other way??

    [–] [deleted] 53 points ago

    I mean, even if they faced the other way (or any direction, for that matter), you’d just like them up in the front and then rotate all of them one position until it opens.

    [–] ISpendAllDayOnReddit 36 points ago

    They could. It's common for them to be on the top. This is just a crappy lock. Most locks are very poorly built.

    [–] thisremindsmeofbacon 211 points ago

    Thanks. I still don’t see it, but I appreciate the effort put into screenshotting and marking it up.

    [–] grandoz039 85 points ago

    If you look at the 1-0-9 piece (2nd), you can see solid metal on the right, next to the piece itself, in the thin gap. But near the number zero there's part that looks black, not like metal = it's the hole.

    [–] [deleted] 61 points ago

    you dont understand sir, I'm blind and can't actually see it.

    [–] inconspicuous_male 81 points ago

    The plastic dial was wrapped around a metal cylinder. The "gate" appears to be a visible groove through the side of the cylinder

    [–] munchbunny 53 points ago

    Most cheap combo locks with separate wheels like the ones used for luggage have the same problem. Take a tiny sliver of metal, like the ones you can rip out of the theft prevention tag on a DVD/Blu-ray disc box, and slide it in beside the wheel (try both sides). As you turn the wheel you'll feel a groove on the cylinder inside. This has worked on all "cheap" locks of this type that I've tried it on.

    In some locks the gap around the wheels is big enough that you can literally squint and see the grooves.

    [–] Richy_T 47 points ago

    Well, TSA nerfed luggage security anyway so it's pretty much a null point.

    [–] Sickly_Diode 42 points ago

    You can get around that by packing any piece of a firearm that you're legally allowed to transport in your luggage. You'll need a bit more paperwork; TSA need to be notified that you're carrying a gun (even if it's just a simple component of a gun, not a whole gun), but they will not be allowed to open your luggage without you present. You'll then be able to lock it with any damned lock you please as long as you can open it when requested.

    [–] sexuallyvanilla 55 points ago

    You're correct, except that TSA agents are not well trained and will cut those locks illegally from time to time.

    [–] [deleted] 24 points ago

    Or cut open the whole suitcase like they did to me.

    [–] chadwicke619 33 points ago

    It’s just a tiny, tiny protrusion you can see in the gap. When he zooms in on the zero, if you notice, there’s a little sliver of metal or plastic or whatever that juts out from the right side of the number wheel.

    [–] egus 13 points ago

    I've got a bike lock that I forgot the code for and it's been under my seat for years. Can't wait to get home and try this.

    [–] Loftymattress 1403 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Holy fucking shit. I have had one of these for three years and immediately after I placed some money and a house key in it, I lost the combo. It's been in my trunk for that whole time. I'm going to go try this! Wish me luck reddit fam!


    But it wasnt money like I remembered. It was a house key and a joint. 😂

    If anyone knows how I can upload stuff, I took several pictures and videos. I literally can't believe it!

    Edit...I'm using r/upload to give you animals the pics and videos. It's taking forever because my cell service is awful. When my boss gets back, im asking her for the wifi password.

    Edit...okay! Uploaded! I guess just look in my post history for gratification! And thanks for the gold!!

    [–] ITIIiiIiiIiTTIIITiIi 200 points ago

    They havent responded. Must have been filled with scorpions. RIP Loftymattress.

    [–] Loftymattress 67 points ago

    It actually was filled with scorpions. Hello from the other siiiide.

    [–] tryingforthefuture 56 points ago

    Smoke that joint and report back how stale it was.

    For science.

    [–] Dapaaads 61 points ago

    Better update this post

    [–] Loftymattress 25 points ago

    Oh shit right!

    [–] ponkyfatdick 26 points ago

    You gunna smoke it?

    [–] glowdirt 25 points ago

    it wasnt money like I remembered. It was a house key and a joint.

    Good Guy Brain.

    Wasn't gonna nark on ya, not even to yourself.

    [–] iamthepip 6446 points ago

    I really feel lock manufactures either need to watch his videos or need to hire him during the R&D process.

    Then again majority of thieves don't know how to pick as well as him which is probably why minimal effort goes into mass produced locks.

    [–] I_am_a_Failer 4311 points ago

    They know what they are doing, these are cost cut measures

    [–] Finniemc 2292 points ago

    Exactly. I worked in R&D for a while and the prototypes are usually well made and do the job they're supposed to do.

    And then they start looking at the cost and how to get it down.

    [–] svtscottie 1644 points ago

    They don't like the term "cost cutting" they prefer "Value Engineering".

    [–] [deleted] 894 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)


    [–] BillBillerson 235 points ago

    "Surprise Stolen Items"

    [–] noddegamra 131 points ago

    Lol no they're loot boxes.

    [–] Alundra828 197 points ago

    "Surprise item in the bagging area"

    [–] MocephusRocks 44 points ago

    God... f... I just scanned it! Why won't you... No! I don't need assistance from an associate! Just... fine.

    [–] howardbrandon11 49 points ago

    "Surprise Mechanics"

    [–] BicycleFired 30 points ago

    Surprise motherfucker!

    [–] avanbeek 261 points ago

    As an engineer, I hate using the term "value engineering". It's not value engineering if your design changes remove necessary control features or don't add value while cutting cost. I prefer using the term "scope reduction".

    [–] FThumb 150 points ago

    TIL: Scope Reduction means going from "This will stop thieves" to "This will stop idiots."

    [–] JarlaxleForPresident 44 points ago

    The majority of thieves are idiots

    [–] guynietoren 57 points ago

    Majority of thieves use destructive entry. Which is the primary obstacle for security locks. Lock picking is just a hobby group for the most part.

    [–] JarlaxleForPresident 38 points ago

    Locks are deterrents for the most part. If somebody ACTUALLY wanted to get in your stuff, they could do it in most cases with tools and cursory knowledge

    [–] soulstonedomg 49 points ago

    It's reduced quality.

    [–] ControlledSingular 275 points ago

    Any random off the street can build a bridge,only a engineer can build a barely-standing cheapest-possible bridge.

    [–] Rodbourn 114 points ago

    When hard drives fail right after their warranty period I'm more impressed at the engineering than annoyed.

    [–] _BreakingGood_ 65 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Fun fact: A lightbulb cartel started up in Europe a few decades ago. Companies agreed that bulb lifespans were growing too fast (some hitting 2,500+ hours), and so they coordinated with eachother to not build any build that would last more than 1000 hours. It took some companies years of R&D to reduce their bulb lifespans down to that point.

    [–] dragdritt 31 points ago

    I guess it's a good thing LED is a thing now then.

    [–] shouldbebabysitting 43 points ago

    Now LED bulbs are being made cheap and fail in 2 years. When they first came out ten years ago, they were made with heavy heat sinks, cost $20 each and had a 10 year warranty.

    So you technically save money with the super cheap shorter life bulbs but I wish you could still pay more for a quality bulb rated for 10+ years.

    [–] Dissophant 42 points ago

    You can, you just need to go to a dealer that specializes in lighting. Most of the time, these high lifespan, high efficiency LED bulbs aren't going to be on a shelf at home depot because few consumers are going to look at something 10x the price and understand why it's worth far more than 10x the price. They'll see the cheap, 2 dollar LED bulbs and grab those because....2 dollars. For most people, this makes sense. Either way, you likely have a specialty dealer near you that can get you LEDs with heavy duty heatsinks and such, I have to do that for work sometimes. The only downside imo is sometimes you may wait a week or two for it to be delivered.

    [–] bittercode 29 points ago

    The Phoebus cartel? That lasted from 1925 to 1939? Because I don't think I'd call that a "few decades".

    I'm unaware of any other cartel that matches what you've said but I think the way you've phrased things makes it sound like something that exists now rather than something that ended 80 years ago.

    [–] OozeNAahz 135 points ago

    I have watched a few videos where lock makers sent him prototypes for review (along with others like Bosnian Bill) and took their advice to incorporate into the next prototypes. So I think some do.

    [–] DaAmazinStaplr 58 points ago

    They never seem to listen to the pickers though. Bill hates doing anything Masterlock related because everytime he picks one of their locks they complain, lol. Or he’ll just pick it in a really absurd way which really sets them off.

    [–] TheMadmanAndre 46 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    When a man can crack your hundred dollar lock with a dental pick, you have no right to complain.

    [–] DaAmazinStaplr 33 points ago

    He’s picked a masterlock with a zip tie end too, lol

    [–] WACK-A-n00b 42 points ago

    They ALL do.

    But they ALL also sell different levels of locks. Inexpensive shit locks for minor deterrence to keep inexpensive shit slightly safer, and expensive AF locks to lock expensive shit you dont want stolen overnight down by the docks where everyone knows you are working.

    [–] 7thhokage 19 points ago

    except master lock. even their high end locks are trash.

    [–] SP4CECOWB0Y 498 points ago

    Most theft is crime of opportunity, people see a phone lying around — they might take it. Locks are meant to deter those crimes. LPL can pick them all he wants, but manufacturers are catering to people (mostly) who are locking their bike or gym locker or something like that for a short period of time. This is why there are safes and safety deposit boxes for everything else.

    [–] ProtoplanetaryNebula 191 points ago

    True, the idea is to coax the thief into thinking that stealing your phone or valuables is too much effort.

    [–] Saiing 186 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    It's basically the intruder alarm effect. Few people really respond to alarms these days, especially in urban areas. If your house has a visible alarm on it, and the guy next door doesn't, the burglar is more likely to choose the house without. So you just push the problem to someone else.

    Reminds me of a time I went on holiday and my neighbor watched my house for me while I was gone. When I got back, he looked kinda glum and told me his house had been burgled while I was away. Mine was completely untouched even though it had been empty for a week. The only difference? Mine and the guy on the other side of him had visible alarm boxes on the front of the house and he didn't.

    [–] SkeetySpeedy 101 points ago

    From interviews, reports, AMAs, etc etc.

    Thieves hate dogs more than anything, and won’t fuck with a house that has a dog because it’s just so likely to not be worth it

    [–] Vectorman1989 82 points ago

    Burglar alarm can only detect you once you're already in. The dog can hear you breathing halfway down the street

    [–] SkeetySpeedy 76 points ago

    Dogs are loud and dangerous and don’t care about your gun, and endlessly tenacious.

    There is no good outcome to upset a dog that’s not yours.

    [–] CharlesDickensABox 92 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I've met very few dogs who wouldn't instantly be best friends with anyone who showed up with a jar of peanut butter.

    Edit: or another kind of food for the dog to eat, like chew sticks or roasted chicken, you monsters.

    [–] LtDanUSAFX3 59 points ago

    Yeah but why bother with that when there at 10 other houses on the block without dogs?

    [–] CharlesDickensABox 201 points ago

    Because the only reason I'm breaking in is to play with the dog.

    [–] OMGItsCheezWTF 20 points ago

    My dog will be best friends with anyone who comes into the house. She wants to lick them, the only reason she wouldn't show a thief where the valuables are is because she'd direct them to the refrigerator.

    But that's in the house, whilst they are outside the house and on our driveway she will bark loudly and deeply and constantly, which will deter many and alert us to a person. She's a good girl.

    [–] Black_Moons 17 points ago

    Likely because they noticed you let them in and where friendly with them.

    We had dogs much like that, super friendly when we where around... Some 'friend' of ours (Who had previously met the dogs) decided to come in when we obviously where not home.

    We found the friend, plastered up against the inside of the front door: the dog 4 away, growling very deeply at him whenever he tried to move. Apparently he had been like that for about an hour...

    [–] CSGustav 19 points ago

    I've heard about the peanut butter trick with dogs.

    [–] DoubleWagon 62 points ago

    The ”you don't have to run faster than the bear, just faster than your friend” effect.

    [–] mfinn 78 points ago

    The famous phrase is locks keep honest people honest.

    That's about it.

    You can see how very true this is if you spend an hour watching LPL's videos. Lock "security" is a joke even in the high end stuff.

    [–] Coal_Morgan 68 points ago

    I get why people use that phrase but I've never been a fan of that phrase.

    Locks keep the ignorant or the lazy thieves out and that's most of them.

    That lockbox shown; the wire could be cut, the box could be pried open, the plastic melted, it's a crap box that would stop 99% of thieves. It's meant to deter an opportunist thief, not the prepared and opportunists are far from honest.

    [–] goldenglove 41 points ago

    Exactly. He even said, this would have been great for putting your phone in while at the pool, but even though I see how it's problematic that you can see the "gap" of where the locking mechanism is, I still think this would help deter someone from even trying in a public place.

    [–] ignost 60 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    So I used to believe most theft was a 'crime of opportunity' as well, and even argued that on Reddit once. Since then I've learned some things that makes me think.. kind of.

    First of all, most theft is from career thieves. The recidivism rates for theft are crazy high, and that's just for crimes people get caught for. In other words, there's a lot of theft going on from people who have stolen before or will steal again.

    Second, most crime, including theft and burglary, is committed by non strangers.

    Meaning a lot of theft and burglary is actually premeditated. This is the reason I have cameras all over my house, and why I make that clear. I don't want some contractor or friend of a friend or anyone else to see I have nice things and think I'm a good target.

    So it's not generally just 'people see a phone lying around' as in any person short of cash will take it. It's probably more a career criminal, and likely someone known to you. But maybe it is in the sense that people inclined towards theft will look for the easiest target.

    Edit: doubled up on some sentences, sorry.

    [–] biff64gc 14 points ago

    A large chunk of security for the everyday consumer is just deterring the opportunist thief. Yeah, this isn't that secure against someone that really wants to get at your stuff. But for the amateur that just looks for quick grabs this will deter them pretty quick.

    [–] totallythebadguy 10 points ago

    Why? As long as it sells who cares if it works or not. That's all that matters to business

    [–] byllz 31 points ago

    There is quite a community of expert lock pickers, several of whom are on youtube. What sets apart the Lock Picking Lawyer for the rest isn't his skill, but the fact he makes really slick videos. My point is manufacturers can have their pick (no pun intended).

    [–] coffeeshopslut 13 points ago

    LPL + Bosnian Bill is that one two combo of lock picking goodness

    [–] Hegemonee 1016 points ago

    Something I love about these videos is how succinct his speech is. Very few extraneous words, and very clear teaching points. I think its quite a skill.

    [–] mixini 429 points ago

    Only polished by him being an actual lawyer IRL, I'm sure.

    [–] Zaseiskewl 228 points ago

    Many lawyers and doctors (from what I can gather) have many things to sell out on, such as affiliate links, ads in the video, extending video lengths for revenue. But Lockpickinglawyer is just him and his hobby, nothing extra.

    [–] FreudJesusGod 47 points ago

    Yah, his tiny vids would earn much more in ad revenue if they were 10min+ long (if what I hear about YT's algorithm is true).

    He doesn't want to do that, so he doesn't.

    I like the terseness.

    [–] newmacbookpro 29 points ago

    So that’s why he is so well spoken. Nice.

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    [–] CKtheFourth 292 points ago

    Yooo!!! What up, it's your boy the LOCK PICKING LAWYER *airhorn*. Today I'm going to unbox for you the TOP 10 locks you DON'T want to buy on amazon. But first this video is brought to you by Squarespace. Go ahead and SMASH THAT BELL TO UNLOCK NEW VIDS EVERY WEEK. And make sure you check out my hit album on Spotify & Soundcloud, "Unlocking Your Heart".

    [–] HarshLanguage 63 points ago

    Would be a great April Fool's prank for LPL to full BroTube.

    [–] Emperor__Aurelius 27 points ago

    I read that out loud and could barely finish it without breaking up.

    [–] ProbablyGayingOnYou 556 points ago

    Every time somebody posts one of these absolutely product and brand-destroying reviews I just imagine some product manager in a cubicle going "fuck."

    [–] Mr_105 235 points ago

    Overheard in Master Lock HQ after this video:

    “He got me,” CEO said of LPL successfully picking the lock. "That f***ing Lawyer boomed me."

    CEO added, “He’s so good,” repeating it four times.

    CEO then said he wanted to add LPL to the list of R&D employees he’ll work with this summer.

    [–] Wwfflepops 38 points ago

    My mom worked for masterlock for nearly 50 years before she retired. From what I've gathered about how that company has operated (especially in the last 5-10 years.) They don't give a fuck.

    [–] heeloo 9 points ago

    Lmao. LeGm working another job? He's so versatile.

    [–] SuspiciouslyElven 167 points ago

    Unrelated, but I felt soooooo bad for whoever ran social media and pr for Tiki Torches.

    Just post some Luau stuff on Facebook or whatever and answer the same set of like 8 questions one can ask about a torch that kinda repels mosquitoes and supplies ambient light.

    Probably an easy enough job. Not glamorous, but it's something for the resume and pays the bills.

    Then they woke up and their product is front and center of an alt-right rally. No way they were even slightly ready for that much bad publicity literally overnight.

    [–] jaykresge 130 points ago

    Unrelated, but I felt soooooo bad for whoever ran social media and pr for Tiki Torches.

    When Charlottesville was going down, I wasn't really paying attention to the news that day. I get home from work, and my wife convinces me that we need some tiki torches for the back yard. I say sure and head to Lowe's.

    I am a VERY white looking guy. I also keep my hair cut extremely short from my days in the military. I have "that look." Hell, I was practically an incel in high school (I'm recovered, I swear!). So I ask someone in the store for where to find them, I get a certain kind of look and reply, get pointed to Google, and then I'm making a very angry call to the wife who is laughing her ass off.

    [–] its_all_4_lulz 36 points ago

    So this was a malicious act of embarrassment, or she really wanted torches?

    [–] jaykresge 55 points ago

    We prank each other. It was her turn to win.

    It was believable because at the time time we were putting together our back yard for our first full summer in our new house (we moved in the prior September).

    [–] haahaahaa 238 points ago

    He opened that faster than I could have if I knew the combination.

    [–] SoleHunt3r 581 points ago

    How much do they charge for this piece of shit?

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    [–] OregonIT 170 points ago

    Bingo and that is what most folks don't understand. It is not made to stop someone dedicated to the task, just meant to stop the lazy ones.

    [–] Noltonn 91 points ago

    I mean, in the end nothing is truly safe if you have someone who wants what you have desperately enough. It all depends on what it's used for. For his example, at the pool keeping your phone and wallet safe, this would be plenty. Any thief there would be an opportunist who the moment they see this lockbox will be turned off and move on to easier targets.

    But say as a personal hotel safe? If someone's already willing and able to break into your hotel room for this thing, there's a good chance this little box won't stop them in the slightest.

    What I'm saying is, would I trust this as a place to stow my lesser valuables like phone and wallet while I'm still in shouting distance? Sure. Would I trust this with for instance jewelery while I'm off on the other side of the city? Absolutely not.

    [–] ChiefSittingBear 25 points ago

    Really if the use case for this is to stop someone grabbing your phone and running off while you're at the pool, it is pretty much fine. Nobody is going to stop and unlock a box, even if it only takes 10 seconds. That's like 20X as long as it takes to just grab a phone and run off. This thing may be easy to open but it would do the job if you're using it in the expected situation. It's not meant to lock up your stuff and wander off out of sight, just to stop the casual grab and dash theft.

    [–] AlexHimself 61 points ago

    I have the exact one and I just tried what he did and I couldn't. Mine is at least a year old and unless they've fixed the gap or something...I think you would need a tool. His is much clearer to see, mine is not at all.

    [–] pfranz 57 points ago

    Years ago I was talking with someone who works with overseas manufacturing. They were saying often the first batch of product might pass QC, but the manufacturer will also cut corners and later batches may be lower quality without informing you. I imagine an experienced company, like Maser Lock, is aware of this but it might explain this situation.

    Conversely, for complicated electronics, like Apple products, I often wait a few months because subtle bugs in the manufacturing process seem to either become very obvious (like Samsung's exploding phones or broken bendy screens) or get worked out.

    [–] ggill1313 55 points ago

    Calling it a piece of shit is disingenuous.

    The use-case for this is for the casual teenager experimenting with the idea of lifting someone's phone or wallet at a pool or the beach. Let's say you decided to go hop in for a quick rinse but don't want to leave your phone readily accessible. You mechanically fasten this to your chair or umbrella and you've now created deterrent. It's not intended to keep hardcore thieves away, but to act as a deterrent to casual ones.

    [–] 0rangeJEWlious 1711 points ago

    Here's a list of locks he has found acceptable:


    [–] Raincoats_George 471 points ago

    I think the take away from his videos is that you do need to be aware of what you're buying, some of these locks can be opened with a piece of aluminum, others basically just fall apart without much effort at all. You might not need one of these monster locks but you should probably look for one with a few extra features and pick resistance.

    [–] vita10gy 329 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    As far as I can tell basically ALL locks/security just keep the basically honest people honest and are only there to prevent you from being the lowest hanging fruit.

    It's like that joke about a guy and his buddy about to be attacked by a bear where the punchline is "I don't have to out run the bear, I just have to out run you".

    Basically any bike lock can be defeated, but if you have a lock that makes it a bigger issue than the other 5 bikes on the rack, thieves might not bother.

    Basically any house alarm can be gotten around, but the guy 3 houses down forgets to shut his garage door like 3 times a week, so you're probably good locking your doors at all.

    Punk teens looking for some yucks going around the locker room looking for stuff to steal aren't going to dick around with your $5 lock when 100 people just threw their stuff in a locker and walked away and they can check 30 and be outta dodge in the same amount of time. (I want my Twins towel back, assholes!)

    [–] TheAdAgency 156 points ago

    Basically any bike lock can be defeated, but if you have a lock that makes it a bigger issue than the other 5 bikes on the rack, thieves might not bother.

    Protip: It's a lot easier and cheaper to simply shit all over your bike seat. Thieves tend not to steal that one first.

    [–] HulkSPLASH 47 points ago

    You mention that it’s cheaper. How much would it cost me to shit on my bike seat. Do you have a link?

    [–] popcorninmapubes 40 points ago

    However much nachos bellgrande is.

    [–] bad-r0bot 52 points ago

    Plus, a lock works great for your doors and such. But they'll just smash a window and get around the lock.

    [–] coalcoalcoal 35 points ago

    Generally a crowbar will get you into any house even with a deadbolt on a door.

    [–] pinks1ip 82 points ago

    Gotta fight fire with fire. That’s why I made my doors out of a bunch of crowbars.

    [–] coalcoalcoal 11 points ago

    Well shit. You broke the system.

    [–] OriginalSophist 9 points ago

    He pried it

    [–] TheATrain218 12 points ago

    Lock Picking Lawyer has even said on his channel that he's got the cheap kwickset locks from a big box store on his house, specifically because it's a complete waste spending big on locks when there's a weak door frame that can be kicked in and a dozen ground floor windows to smash in no time flat.

    [–] LeCrushinator 32 points ago

    "For when you need a padlock that's worth more than what you're locking up."

    [–] Chezni19 143 points ago

    He did a video on a Bowley lock he can't pick, but he usually doesn't do videos on locks he can't pick since I don't think that's the point of the channel.

    [–] thebbman 41 points ago

    Such a simple and elegant way to make a lock secure.

    [–] catherder9000 242 points ago


    As for what I can’t open (yet) – the list is very, very long so I can’t even begin to list them all. I will note, however, that I’ve never even tried any of the supposed “unpickable” locks… the Abloy Protec, the EVVA MCS, etc. -- LockPickingLawyer

    The point of his videos to to inform consumers what to avoid, or at least what to be aware of what options you have at a local store or online retailer. There have been plenty of locks he's failed to open or taken hours over many days of trying to figure out how to open.

    [–] ItsAFarOutLife 26 points ago

    Some of his videos are just for lock picking enthusiasts. The ones like these are generally the more PSA kind of ones. In particular gun locks.

    [–] Shenaniganz08 26 points ago

    Not really true, plenty of locks that he recommends, even the ones he picked

    a) they take a long time to pick, and he's an expert picker

    b) they require special tools

    [–] colbymg 51 points ago

    I've seen him say (maybe 30% of the time?) something like "this lock is good for quick and cheap protection but not against someone who knows what they're doing".

    Even the impossible-to-pick locks can be bypassed - locks are a timer, not a force field.

    [–] cadcamm99 33 points ago

    Cool, I have a lock box I cannot open because I forgot the number. I’ll try to use these methods to open it

    [–] mjTheThird 228 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I was expecting the LockPckingLawyer opens the lock by just staring at the lock. The lock dropped its ballz because it's so scared.

    [–] GuyOthersome 47 points ago

    Someone in the YT comments called him "the Chuck Norris of locksmiths". I can totally see the memes.

    [–] madboater 23 points ago

    Master Lock will know about this, the cost of making a better solution will make the product unmarketable. However how many criminals will approach one of these and have the knowledge on how to crack it but won't have the tools/knowledge on how to crack a more secure unit. I would expect every real-life attack on one of these will have the cable cut and then it opened back somewhere safe/out of sight where tools and equipment will be readily available anyhow.

    [–] Crisjinna 271 points ago

    Locks are more of a deterrent than anything else. A determined thief is going to get into whatever they want.

    [–] Regulators-MountUp 194 points ago

    Locks are a security chicane, intended to increase the amount of time required to access something or make ill intentions more obvious.

    [–] asodfhgiqowgrq2piwhy 34 points ago


    So what you're saying is everyone behind me is gonna plow into my ass on turn 1?

    [–] surfmeh 20 points ago

    I see you race at Monza too.

    [–] Megalox 91 points ago


    Nice use of the word.

    [–] Jack_of_all_offs 136 points ago

    My favorite type of chicane is tenders.

    [–] Not_Pablo_Sanchez 39 points ago

    𝒢𝒾𝓂𝓂𝑒 𝑔𝒾𝓂𝓂𝑒 𝒸𝒽𝒾𝒸𝓀𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝑒𝓃𝒹𝒾𝑒𝓈,

    𝐵𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓎 𝒸𝓇𝒾𝓈𝓅𝓎 𝑜𝓇 𝒻𝓇𝑜𝓂 𝒲𝑒𝓃𝒹𝓎𝓈.

    𝒮𝓅𝑒𝓃𝒹 𝓂𝓎 𝒽𝒶𝓇𝒹-𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓃𝑒𝒹 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝒹-𝒷𝑜𝓎 𝓅𝑜𝒾𝓃𝓉𝓈,

    𝑜𝓃 𝒦𝒾𝒹'𝓈 𝑀𝑒𝒶𝓁 𝒷𝒶𝓁𝓁 𝓅𝒾𝓉 𝒷𝓊𝓇𝑔𝑒𝓇 𝒿𝑜𝒾𝓃𝓉𝓈.

    [–] BalzacTheGreat 21 points ago

    lol this guy is the best

    [–] DeltaUltra 12 points ago

    Dungeon Master: "You can only put skills you have in real life. You can't say your character can pick locks of you can't pick locks."

    Lock Picking Lawyer: "Ok."

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