Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Safe at home


This morning I met with a customer at the local quilt store. She came up to me at my car in the parking lot. I usually meet customers inside, but hey, whatever, so I walked into the store with her. We sat our stuff down on a table and looked at her quilt and decided how it was to be quilted. It's a really nice quilt and there's space to play with fun freehand quilting. We packed everything up and my customer left the store. I still had to purchase fabric for another customer. I paid for the fabric and gathered my stuff to go. Wait a minute -- where are my keys? They were on the table next to my other stuff and now they are gone!

I looked around a bit, but was quite sure that my customer took them with her by mistake. I called her house. Her husband offered her cell phone number and some parting advice 'You really should carry a spare key'. All right. Working to not be offended. So I called my customer's cell and left a voice mail. While I waited for a call back, I figured maybe I couldn't afford to spend 6-8 hours in a quilt store today (in both time and money), so I called my darling husband who plans to bring me his keys when he's out of his next meeting.

Finally, my customer came back to the store to return my keys. She was sorry. I was grateful to have them back. Her parting advice? 'You really should carry a spare key'.

I once again gathered my stuff, this time including my keys. I went to my car and realized that I left my driver's door open this entire time. At this point, I decided that my other errands could wait. I simply needed to be safe at home. Hopefully this ended the annoying, but very funny, portion of my day.

12 comments:

Jeanne said...

Aargh -- sounds like you had a little too much fun on that trip! Glad you're home safe.
Jeanne

Kab said...

You know I was thinking............
you really should carry a spare key!
Ugh!
NExt time call me and I'll come get you!

debby said...

Please let there never be a next time!

debby

Vicky said...

I actually tried to mail my keys to someone in a package at the post office! Got outside and had a real sinking feeling of where they were. Yep! Had to untape the box and start over! Big chuckles out of everyone in line behind me!

Glad you didn't have to wait too long for them!

The Calico Cat said...

WOW - the gall someone takes your keys and then tells you to carry a spare key. In my life, where would the spare key go? Would I be able to find it when it was needed? If I locked my self out of the car - the spare would be in my bag in the car...

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Much better to leave a spare key at home or with DH than to carry a spare - otherwise you might end up locking BOTH your keys in your car. Looks like you have a little gray electronic key on your chain - I had one of those installed on my front door a couple of houses ago and really loved it! We "lived" at a business site and sometimes I would find people wandering around my living room, so hence the electronic key - so the door would always be locked to prevent unexpected company!!!

I am glad that you got your keys back!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Laurie Ann said...

Who carries a spare key WITH them? You must have done the 40 days of purpose!

cher said...

yes it is annoying when well meaning folks offer belated advice!
I think calling your husband as back up made the most sense, nice your customer came back before he had to go to the extra trouble however. What a day for you!

Samantha said...

Argh, unsolicited advice. Really, who on earth carries a spare car key with them?

Glad you finally made it home in one piece!

quiltpixie said...

Glad you knew where to find them. It can be so stressful searching around. And I just don't get the good advice... would you still not have to chace around and get the keys back from the customer? (rolling eyes) It'd solve the immediate problem, but not the real one.

JudyL said...

I only carry a spare key when I acidentally have the extra set of keys in my purse. Most of the time I have to search to find one set of keys!

Judy L.

Kab said...

Hey..........where are you?
Working too hard?