20.07.2012 - 23.07.2012 20 °C
We'd noticed the yale lock (other makes of lock are available) on our room door at the crown inn was a little stiff and difficult to close and it looked brand new. We'd taken to not bothering to close it completely if we were just going to be in and out. On this occasion we were having a quick wash and brush up and changing for dinner. Jo tried to close the door but the lock didn't retract far enough from the inside handle but seemed ok if you used the key in the lock on the outside. Force was needed and duly applied by Jo slamming the door shut. We washed and changed and set off to go to dinner except that the door wouldn't open. No matter how hard we tried we couldn't get the lock to budge. We were prisoners in our own room. I looked for another means of escape. Out of the very small first floor window onto a flat roof and leaping down 12 feet or so. Didn't fancy that, not with my knee and back etc. Ring reception from the room phone. There isn't one. Ok only one thing to do, ring the hotel main number on my mobile. We found the number in the room info file, have we got a mobile signal, jo hasn't, I have two bars. It's ringing. They've answered. "Hello this is the crown inn, lanlivery. Sorry we can't take your call right now. Please leave your name, number and the nature of your enquiry and we'll get back to you - peeeep!" The place serves good food, they're run off their feet down there. Try again. Ringing. Answering. "Hello this is..................." Answerphone again. What are we gonna do? One more try. Ringing. Answering. "Crown Inn, can I help you" Hello my names's Turner. We're staying with you in room 4. Pause. Silence. "oh right?" the voice sounded puzzled. The lock's broken on our room door and we can't get out. "Oh I see" still sounded puzzled "right someone will be there as soon as possible". We pushed our door key under the not inconsiderable gap under the door (12th century coaching inn, remember) and we were released from captivity to enjoy a well earned drink at the bar courtesy of our hosts for the inconvenience of our unfortunate and accidental imprisonment. The lock worked perfectly fine after that!