I Left My Keys Locked In the Car

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 140 People

    A Somewhat Embarrassing Incident

    Fortunately, this has happened to me only once, but having my keys locked in the car was not a good situation to be in. This was in November 2008 in the morning at a Wal-Mart, and at the time, I had no cell phone, and the pay phone at Wal-Mart didn't seem to work. Fortunately...
    CompNerd89 CompNerd89
    26-30, M
    2 Responses May 13, 2011

    Once Only

    I did this with my first car. lolI was riding around with a friend, we had been to Nashville and had bummed around all day, and it was about midnight when we finally got back to our hometown. We were starving and nothing was open, so we stopped at this little Mapco station and...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    36-40, F
    Feb 13, 2011

    And I Was Mortified...

    The night before said incident, I had a dream that I was pulled over because my tags had expired.  Right as I was leaving the house, this dawned on me.  So, I stepped out of the car to check, just in case.  While I had gotten out to look, the door had closed just...
    TwilightDreamer TwilightDreamer
    26-30, F
    Mar 5, 2008

    Trick Or Treat!

    I do this a lot...I am scatterbrained...so many things going on at once, both inside and outside my head that little things - like taking the keys out of the ignition - often fall through the cracks.... The best one was when I locked the keys in the car on Halloween...this was...
    SerenitySeeker SerenitySeeker
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Aug 9, 2008

    After the beginning of an "off" day.

    The universe felt it necessary to send me a sign. All day I felt the need to quit and leave. Quit everything. Leave LA. I walked to the store on my lunch break and on upon returning, I wen't to get into my car; whoops. There they were. Shining on the front seat. Taunting...
    TjSparrow TjSparrow
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 17, 2014

    In January..in Indiana...

    In January on the way back to College on a Sunday evening, I stopped at my usual stop to get gas - an hour from school.  It wasn't a terribly cold January day, so I didn't put my coat on.  I grabbed my credit card and my keys and pressed the lock button on the car once...
    shygirl14 shygirl14
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 19, 2009

    Subway Sandwich

    Oh yea, we all have done it....won't admit it....But, we have all locked our keys in the car sometime!! One day, I wanted a Subway Spicy Italian sandwich and the craving was not going to go away until I had one!  So....I drove to the closest Subway and removed my keys...
    PeedeeDog PeedeeDog
    5 Responses Sep 19, 2008

    I used to do this a lot.

    Cars are smarter now, like with electronic locks so you actually *can't* lock yourself out. The last time was in 2000, on my first date with the guy I eventually married. He almost didn't want to go out again because of that. I wish I'd seen then how judgmental he was, but...
    GenevieveH GenevieveH
    41-45, F
    Feb 14, 2015

    Pure Genius...

    That's what I feel like when I realise I've locked my keys in the car. I keep a spare set in a magnetic case hidden underneath my car in the engine bay for these special occasions, which is handy, but I still look like a dork having to get under the car on my back to reach them...
    lipbloss lipbloss
    36-40, F
    8 Responses Oct 4, 2010

    Did It Once

    I've done it only once, when I first got my license.  My mother sent me out to get milk, fortunately I was only a few miles from home.  She had to walk to come get me since there was no other car available at the time.  When I got my own car I started carrying...
    Morgause Morgause
    41-45, F
    Aug 9, 2008


    I lived in Brussels, Belgium some years ago.  Every year there is a Jazz Festival and I remember in 1992 going to it and getting extremely drunk on champagne and brandy.In the early hours we returned to our car to find that we'd left the keys in the ignition with the doors...
    womaninbliss womaninbliss
    51-55, F
    7 Responses Jan 16, 2010

    This Is How It Is

    You always realize that you have done it right when the door slams shut.
    baringmysoul baringmysoul
    41-45, M
    1 Response Apr 17, 2010


    I did it again and I am so embarassed!!!! I locked the keys in the car!!!! Thank God for the On Star Button!!!  4 times in less than two months is ridiculous.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    14 Responses Mar 5, 2008

    ''i Left My Keys Locked In The Car '"

    yeah leave it to me i have locked my keys in the car like an ******* had to call triple to come unlock my car brillant move on my part laughs vinny
    mycuzinvinni mycuzinvinni
    46-50, M
    3 Responses May 3, 2012

    Talk About A Creepy Experience

    Well,  I finally did it today...Left my purse on the car seat & shut the door.  NO WAY!!!!!   I couldn't believe it. I  was on the passenger's side , putting something in the car. Normally I open the Driver's side first.   Get this..I tried to...
    wiseowl wiseowl
    61-65, F
    5 Responses Oct 10, 2010


    I was in the car looking for my debt card and when i go out I was like damn I left my keys in the car. Today of all days at that I had to get to Atlanta by 10:30 which is 2hrs from where I live. My mom and I rode to the police officers house and he wasnt there. My mom found an...
    TaurasiWade TaurasiWade
    22-25, F
    Oct 22, 2012

    Especially When I Go Clubbing

    I am always locking my keys in my car but especially when I go clubbing with my boys.  We recently had gone to a major city near our home clubbing and decided that we would stay in the downtown area and walk from club to club dancing throughout the night.  Well about...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    15 Responses Jul 2, 2008

    I Thought It Was Impossible

    I was scraping thick frost off my car but it was so cold that ice was forming on the inside of the car,  I started up the engine to blow warm air to clear the inside of the windscreen.  I didn't notice that I knocked the door lock as I got out and shut the door.  A mixture of...
    MaleLesbian MaleLesbian
    61-65, T
    May 3, 2012

    A Very Bad Day

    Today started off rather well, my girlfriend and I were going shopping. Its pretty hot where I live, so I turned the car on and let the air run, so it wouldn't be so hot inside the car. I even kept my door remote as I locked and closed the doors. So my girlfriend and I come back...
    2legit2quit 2legit2quit
    Jul 23, 2011

    No, Actually This Was Much Worse

    Everything was going great; I took my kids and my nephews to Burger King to eat and play.  We had a blast.  We were getting ready to go when I discovered that I didn't have my car keys.  I searched everywhere two and three times.  They were simply...
    trixi trixi
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Feb 20, 2008

    With the Engine Running

    My old heap with no central locking... was planning on just jumping out for a minute at the shops, then locked the door like I usually do by habit.
    rocketgirliegirl rocketgirliegirl
    31-35, F
    Apr 11, 2009

    More Times Than I Care to Admit

    And, I always do it with me cell phone locked in, too.  Do you know how hard it is to find  payphone anymore?  Then have to call someone collect?  Sometimes an innocent bystander will take pity and loan me their cell phone. That's all. I care to elaborate no...
    darlene darlene
    41-45, F
    1 Response Feb 19, 2008

    So Many Frickin Times

    It's absolutely ridiculous!!  
    DrewBerry DrewBerry
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Jun 28, 2008

    3 Times

    I have locked my keys in my truck 3 times now.. Fortunately i am smarter then everyone else so i can break into my truck anytime i want to. pound on the back window hard enough the lock will come out. Not a picture of my truck just one that i found.  
    Arorin Arorin
    22-25, M
    10 Responses Dec 31, 2009

    Thank Goodness For Aaa

    I cant even count how many times i have locked my damn keys in my car..and reading and writing this today, ill wouldnt be suprised if i did it again!!! i just forget..um im a retard!
    bOObsMaGee bOObsMaGee
    22-25, F
    Jun 18, 2008

    While Out of Town.

    Once we locked the keys in our car while we were out of town at a state park. What a terrible feeling. Had to call a locksmith to open the car door.
    bizbuz bizbuz
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Dec 26, 2007

    Thank God For Keyless Entry

    If locking your keys in your vehicle was an Olympic sport, I'd take home many medals. In the 3 years that I owned my 2001 Dodge Dakota, I managed to lock my keys in that thing, 5 times, 2 of those times were while the engine was running. Fortunately, 3 of these incidences...
    DeathstalkerScorpion DeathstalkerScorpion
    26-30, M
    Jul 25, 2013

    On holiday and my spare key was back in England,

    so thanks to a friend of mine who showed me how to break into a car with a coat hanger, I was back inside. My father was a little surprised to see it but needs must
    Abilohman Abilohman
    Jul 3, 2014

    Too Many Times...

    I've done it enough, that for my last 2 cars, my boyfriend's gotten a key just so I can call him if I need to. After I got the new car, though, we didn't get a 2nd key for a while, and I of course gave myself a nice reminder, an hour or so way from home, of course. Thank you, to...
    sombrehippie sombrehippie
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 9, 2008

    I Was Just So Excited

    I love Phantom of the Opera and when the movie came out I about freaked the whole way there. I took a car load of friends and as soon as we got there I: stopped, parked, unbuckled my seatbelt, locked the doors and ran to the ticket booth. ONLY AFTER the movie as I came out...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jun 25, 2008

    Happened Twice..

     First time I thought I lost them. Nope were in ignition. Has to call AAA. Second time went into parts story was BS with someone left them in ignition again. Thanks to AAA I got in...
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5
    41-45, M
    3 Responses May 8, 2009

    Stranded In the City

    I was driving back to my home after my now ex-fiance had kicked me out.  I was with my Mom and my Dad was driving his truck behind me.  I had most of my stuff with me.  We had to travel several hours and Mom couldn't drive at night.  I was shaky and I...
    Marie1979 Marie1979
    3 Responses Dec 9, 2008

    I Do It All the Time...

    Usually on purpose, when I don't have pockets and/or don't want to lose my keys.  It helps when you have one of those keypads on your door, though!
    urbancamo urbancamo
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Mar 10, 2008

    I had left my keys in the ignition in the

    accessory position, with the music playing, at the gas station once. Luckily I have AAA.
    benjamin111991 benjamin111991
    26-30, M
    Jul 3, 2014

    One Day When I Was Young...

    ...in the 1960s, I had a little Fiat 600 rear-engined car; a little honey. But one day when I looked for the (one) set of keys, they were not where they should be, and I never discovered what happened to them. They just DISAPPEARED! I had to go to the Fiat agent in town and order...
    Waiwera Waiwera
    70+, M
    4 Responses Jan 19, 2009

    But I'm a Total H4xor So I Still Got In the Car

    Yes, I locked my keys in the car and luckily I had my swiss army knife and used the tool that I think is a fish scaler to pop open the door. Yes, thats how c***** my car is, its fairly old and the keyhole is kinda broken--its a 1990 Toyota Camry
    Soothsayer8 Soothsayer8
    18-21, M
    Aug 30, 2008
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