So, background type stuff. I'm renting a townhouse for school with 3 of my high school friends who also go to my university. We're all close and live about 10 minutes apart. The townhouse itself was just finished being built in the middle of July. Our lease started August 1st, so my family went up on that day to check it out and make sure everything was done.
Our landlord met us (me and my parents) there with the keys. He had only picked them up himself that morning, as his ownership of the townhouse also started August 1st. They only gave him two copies, so he gave one copy to me and then kept one for himself obviously.
He only just found out that day that we all lived close together and stuff. As another girl was coming up on Sunday and he wouldn't be available to give her her key, he asked if I'd make copies of my key and then give them to everyone. He'd pay me back, of course.
So I went into my local key-cutting-place a couple days ago after work. It's a chain place. I handed my key over to the girl, and asked for 3 copies. I guess my key is complicated, because she offered it to another girl to do and the girl pulled a "no fucking way" face. Unprofessional yes, but not sucky. Yet.
So I browse the store while she's cutting away, and then she finishes.
I look at the keys she handed me. They are not "normal" - normal being plain and silver. They're those fancy "cool" keys, with a funky green plastic thing on the top, and are $5 each. I asked if she had any plain ones, and she said that with the type of key I had, I could only get those ones. Bullshit - the key I GAVE her was plain! So I'm assuming they make other ones - why would they not? I don't really know anything about keys, but I really don't think it was a special key. I heard the girls whispering earlier about how they had "run out of some keys", and I bet mine was one of them.
Now, I'm not that upset that they ran out of keys. I understand that. What really upset me was that rather than being honest with me and telling me that, and then asking if it would be okay if she used these other keys, she just went right ahead and cut the other ones, kind of obligating me to buy them. And then lied to me about it.
And now I have to explain to my landlord why he needs to pay us back $20 for 3 keys. Lovely.
Also, does anybody know roughly how much a plain key costs? I'm strongly considering going back there with my receipt and demanding the proper ones.