Those newfangled manual door locks are a bitch!

We all get used to things working a particular way so it’s sometimes easy to forget the alternatives when things suddenly stop working. Take powered door locks on cars. How the hell did we ever unlock our car doors before we had that handy invention:

A woman called Kissimmee police to say she was locked inside her car at the Walgreen’s on John Young Parkway near Poinciana.

“My car will not start. I’m locked inside my car,” the unidentified woman said.

“Nothing electrical works. And it’s getting very hot in here, and I’m not feeling well.”

The dispatcher asked the woman if she was able to manually pull the lock up on the door.

The woman said she would try, and then, she said, “Yes, I got the door open.”

The news item is very brief and doesn’t mention the age of the person involved, but my first guess would be that they’re very old. But then I consider the fact that if they are fairly old then they’ve probably got some experience with standard manual door locks from back when they weren’t standard equipment on most cars. So maybe this person is just very young and somewhat stupid. Either way we’re glad to hear she got the door opened and will be able to go on to pollute the gene pool some more.

More importantly we’re suddenly struck with curiosity over what the hell “newfangled” actually means because it’s one of those words that we’ve used for most of our lives that we kinda know what it means from inference, but haven’t ever really read the definition for. * looks it up in online dictionary * Oh.

5 thoughts on “Those newfangled manual door locks are a bitch!

  1. The news article is dated April 1, so I’m hoping this is just one of those April Fools Day stories.

    If not, then god, err, allah, err, budah, err, FSM help us.

  2. I thought maybe this might be an April fool too but they do have a 911 tape of it…

    With that said, I have yet to own a car with power locks…I wouldn’t know what to do with them if I had them!

  3. I’ve had power locks and windows since, the mid-90s.  Last summer we rented a very inexpensive car on a trip, and it was All Manual, All the Time—manual locks, manual windows, manual rear view mirrors, manual opening the trunk …

    It was weird.  Not that I couldn’t operate all those things, but the little bits of convenience … and remembering to lock the car before walking away … and all those other things.  It was jarring, like sitting down to a Win95 machine and suddenly having to seriously think about how to do something you used to do every day, but now do differently every day in Vista.

  4. I only recently switched to a modern car, the only automatic thing my old car had was electric windows but they became a little defunct when someone decided to raid my glove box for my windscreen wipes.

    The problem i had with manual locks is something i would get my door closing procedure backwards, pickup keys, throw crap into passenger seat, push down the tab, slam the door.

    This would occassionally turn into pick up keys, pick up crap, see somethnig shiny, throw keys into passenger seat, press tab, slam door, get coat hanger (yes, the coat hanger trick worked, although to be honest you could just pull the door handle fairly hard and the lock would come off)

    Ah the joys of student cars.

    Probably couldnt go back to a car without power steering though, the parking would kill me.

  5. Growing up, my parents (well, my mom) insisted on not paying for the “newfangled, unnecessary stuff” like power locks, power windows and AC. Ugh.

    I swore that when I got old enough to buy my own vehicles, they’d have power everything. First truck I owned was all manual (except I had AC—weee!). Finally I have enough to get the auto stuff and it was sure nice to be able to roll down all the windows without having to weave all over the lane trying to reach the passenger window handle…

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