SAN JOSE — When a lockmith opens a door, some people are surprised.
But when it comes to opening locks, there’s a difference between surprise and outrage.
So when a lockscreen locksmith at San Jose’s Lockersmith San Jose told NBC Bay Area that he opens locks with his left hand, he was surprised, and he was not disappointed.
“You have to use your right hand to open the door,” he said.
“So I do it with my left hand.”
Locksmith David McManus said his left arm locksmithing clients don’t get the same surprise every day.
“I’ve had guys that come in and they open the car door and it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, I didn’t realize I was locked in,'” McManuses said.
The locksmiths, who are licensed to perform home repairs, say their business has been a source of joy and pride for some clients.
They’ve even given back to the community.
“They just want to show that you don’t have to be a criminal to open a door and open a car door,” McManuss said.
San Jose locksmith David McKee said he sees more and more clients seeking out his services, often after a violent crime.
“There are definitely cases where we’ve had victims who have been beaten, people have been robbed, people who’ve been shot, and we’ve just seen people with nothing to lose, and they’ve come in with a broken leg or a busted foot, and there’s been a little bit of terror in their heart,” he told NBCBayArea.
“It’s just something that I think the average person in the community is just looking for.”