A few weeks ago, I was working on a really tight deadline. We had an important meeting and I was working long days and late into the night to get everything finished and prepare the presentation. My boss was tightly wound the week leading up to our meeting. We had to fly out of state for the meeting, so we had a flight early Monday morning, and the meeting was in the afternoon.
We are a very small office. There are just three of us-me, the CEO (my boss), and our admin assistant. Unfortunately, our assistant, who really keeps things running smoothly, had a wedding out of town the weekend before we left. She had to leave on Wednesday of the previous week. Unfortunately, this was planned before we had this big deadline, and all three of us were really stressed out that she wasn’t going to be there to help us with the final details of the trip.
The Saturday before the meeting, I sent my boss home because I could tell he needed his rest. I needed him to be at the top of his game for the meeting on Monday and he started sniffling and coming down with a cold. If he got sick and wasn’t able to come, there is no way we would be able to close the door. We were both taking Sunday off, then meeting at the airport on Monday morning.
That night I was rushing out of their office to meet some friends for a birthday drink. I wasn’t really thinking on my way out, and it wasn’t until the next morning when I realized that I had locked my keys in the office and also left the USB drive with all of the information for the presentation in the office.
My first inclination was to call my boss and get his keys. I realized right away though that if he came back to the office, he would start working again and wouldn’t get the rest he needed before the meeting. I decided instead to call a residential locksmith I had once used when I locked my keys in the house.
This particular locksmith was open 24 hours a day, so I knew that they would be available early Sunday morning when I had to get into my office. I called and told them about my situation, and they told me that they could definitely help me out. They sent out one of their locksmiths who was nearby and he was there quickly to let me in. I was surprised at how easy the whole process was, and before I knew it, he had opened the door to my office and my keys were sitting right on my desk where I left them. I was really glad that I had decided to call a locksmith to let me in. My boss was able to stay home and get the rest he needed, and I was only out about $100 to have the locksmith come and let me in.
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