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Entrapment


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.

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.

Nothing.

It’s been a good five minutes and now we’re 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.

Nothing.

It has now been a few more minutes, I decide that it’s 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 (I’m not a heavy woman by any stretch of the imagination).  I reach the Emergency Exit (it’s labeled as so).

It’s locked...from the outside.

I can’t get out.  I can’t 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, I’m stuck in your car wash.”

“What?”

“The bloody car wash!  Look out your window.”

“Car wash?”

“This is the gas station on White Bear and Maryland?”  I ask.

“Yes.”

“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 I’m 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 can’t 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 we’d like to go through the wash again.

“Hell no!”
Why me?
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Squad1rox Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
I can bet.
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Squad1rox Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
"I wave sweetly at him." LOL! I'm imagining what the attendant was thinking. I still can't believe he would've hung up on you!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
It was crazy!
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OfficiallyAbi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That has to be the worst luck ever!! :rofl: Still funny, though.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
Sigh...why me?
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LeonaWindrider Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
I think I would have called 911 anyway to report that the emergency exit was locked...that's really crappy...
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
I did call Animal Control on my neighbour's kids today. Sigh. Last night they found a black unnuetered male Pitbull!! As far as I know they have no plan to call Animal Control themselves. Today the dog was in my yard and when I went out to it, it growled at me. I'm really worried that at ANY minute that dog is going to bite one of those kids.
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LeonaWindrider Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
I know a lot of people who would give you crap right now because you called AC on a pit bull (apparently they're supposed to be heavenly little creatures if you raise them correctly), but if that dog was growling at you for being in your own yard, and not to mention the fact that it's still got all the plumbing, I think it doesn't need to be anywhere near children.

I mean, what kind of parent takes in a strange, unnuetered pit bull and just *trusts* the dog with kids?
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
These people are insane. I don't care what kind of dog it had been. Kids caring for an agressive unknown dog is just not right!
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
the same ones as the 'catproblem' I take it?
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
You betcha!
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ptsluvsnfl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
It's sad that he didn't pay attention until you threatened to call 911.. Yikes.
People should not be so careless! Stupid, stupid, people! If they would just stop to think about doing a good job and think about the people who are paying them money for service... but they are just too stupid to understand! *slaps him with emergency exit door* XD Maybe he didn't believe you?
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
I don't think he had any idea. I think he may have believed it was a prank.
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ptsluvsnfl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Normally, I'd go on a rant about stupid prank-callers, but I've done a few myself and... I guess prank calls are alright as long as they're on people you know and not car washes.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
:giggle:
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scapermoon Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
I'm glad you guys got out of there safely. That is too scary. :hug: Had I got stuck in there, I would've panicked and probably tore them a brand new and working emergency exit. :giggle:
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
:giggle:
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gatebee Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
you should have called 911 cause next time it happens and it will, you never know how it will end.

Good thing you guys were calm. But being small, I think I would have fitted and squirmed out of there.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
I know, I know. I hate calling 911 unless I really have to
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow, I am so sorry,lol. I really am thats not right and not right to laugh, but damn if it isnt funny. Of course the not funny part is that an emergency exit is locked, which is a big freaking no no. I would have just let him hang up and called 911 and told them about the whole thing and then called the news,lol.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
:giggle: Hopefully they'll clean up their act.
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
lol, one would hope. I just got finished chewing out blockbuster in an email about the way they have been being. I know wont do any good and no way they will refund me for the half a month they are cheating me out of,but i feel better after chewing them out some.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Yeah, that can help
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, that and telling them that cause they didnt bother to read my other email, and their choices as well as not sending movies to me that i was going to go to netflix. I should have told them to kiss my shiny metal ass, but I chose not too,lol.
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Catprog Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
I was going to say there bad (netflicks) but I was using webflicks instead(1 lot a week)
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah, I know with netflix I send it in they get it the next day and send something out. So pretty fast and have a big selection. Blockbuster emailed me back saying that my account had been cacelled, even though I had two more weeks on what I had paid for. Saying they had emailed me in july about the rate change, when in fact I only got the email a week before they cancelled my account.
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caitlyn1701 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
:giggle:
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GaterGina71 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Oh wow. Poor you and hubby. Glad you got out safely tho!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Stupid car wash.
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OnceUponATimeTheEnd Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
oh you poor girl you have the worst luck.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
And yet everything always seems to work out in the end.
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OnceUponATimeTheEnd Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
That is the good part!
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Dreams-of-Skies Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Dear lords! I'd report them to whomever is needful so they get done for being so damed stupid!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Perhaps...
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl:

that's just plain wrong....but ooo so funny (for us)

blocking emergency exits from the outside is BAD! *growls*
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Honestly, it was a little frigtening. And if you were any wider than I am you wouldn't be able to reach the exit anyway.
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
These situations are never easy to be IN... :hug: but you're alright (both of you), that's what mattersyeah, they specify that there need to be an exit, but not that someone actually has to be able to reach it *hangs head*
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