I have the strangest luck, I swear.
So my husband and I go out and when we get in the car he notices that he needs gas. No big deal. We go to the gas station, one that also has a car wash. My husband decides that he car could use a quick wash and we have time.
So we drive into the car wash after punching in the code. The door in front of us is already closed, and once we drive in the door behind us closes. And then...
Nothing happens. And nothing continues to happen for a few minutes. My husband rocks the car back and forth a few times to try and either engage the machine or at the very least open one of the doors.
Its been a good five minutes and now were starting to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning (you know, like running your car in a closed garage to commit suicide). So my husband turns off the car.
It has now been a few more minutes, I decide that its safe to get out of the car to get out through the emergency exit. I have to squeeze between the machine and the wall and I can barely make it (Im not a heavy woman by any stretch of the imagination). I reach the Emergency Exit (its labeled as so).
Its locked...from the outside.
I cant get out. I cant make the garage like door that has us stuck in there to open either. Dejected I return to the car and we discuss our situation. The gas attend has not noticed us. It has now been ten minutes.
I call 411 and get the number to the gas station.
Hello. They answer after about seven rings.
Who answers the phone of a business with a mere hello? I let it pass.
Yeah, Im stuck in your car wash.
The bloody car wash! Look out your window.
This is the gas station on White Bear and Maryland? I ask.
Then get out here and unlock the door.
I can see the attendant pull the phone away from his head to hang up.
You hang up on me and Im calling 911 and they are going to be pissed when they find out your Emergency Exit is locked!
The guy finally turns and looks out the window. I wave at him sweetly. He comes out there and cant get the door open either. If that car wash machine had caught on fire or started spilling smoke we would have been dead by now (actually we would have just driven through the door).
He has to call his manager, he does not have a the key.
His manager tells him over the phone how to reset the car wash from the outside and finally we are free! He asks us if wed like to go through the wash again.