Remember the Family Guy episode where Peter accidentally locks his keys out of his car at the grocery store parking lot? He yells at passersby to hand him his keys which are lying on the ground just outside his car, but nobody helps him.
Something quite similar happened recently. Luckily the girl who locked herself in her car had a cell phone. That’s good because with all her windows rolled up — her battery dead, making it impossible to roll them down — she couldn’t hear the instructions from the cops who were there trying to help her, so she signaled them to call her on her cell phone.
See, with her battery dead, she couldn’t roll down the windows and crawl out, and the electric door lock switch didn’t work either. So when she finally got the cops on the phone, they were able to give her instructions on how to use the manual door lock override. Yeah, they told her to use her finger to slide the door lock to the unlocked position.
I wish I could say that this was Paris Hilton or some other equally useless “celebrity.” But alas, this actually happened in Utah, right here in my home town of Orem.
Here is an excerpt from the story, taken from the website of local news station KUTV:
Automatic car features are supposed to make life easier for motorists, but they may be leaving some people without the know-how to do things the old-fashioned way. That’s what happened to a driver in Utah County who became trapped inside her own car.
When police arrived, they found the woman sitting in the car, unable to get herself out.
Once officers were able to talk to the woman on the phone, they were able to tell her how to manually operate the slide lock mechanism on the inside door panel to open the door and free herself.
“I’m just glad she had a cell phone to call for help,” an officer said.
Uh, yeah. Good thing she had her cell phone, because it would have been so unfortunate to lose one of this century’s greatest minds!
Read the actual story on the KUTV website.
Alright. I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life, so I’ll cut the lady a little slack. Then again, no. I’m sorry, but that was just really, uh, how you say… stupid?