Be careful who you call in case you lose your key in Freising and surrounding area. A locksmith service from Freising charges up to 337 euros for the job, Sueddeutsche.de reports today. The man is well known at local courts for charging his exaggerated bills, but in almost every case he has won, because it is hard to prove usury.
He has so far only lost two cases. The first one was because he called a client a “stupid foreigner”, the second case best illustrates how far one of the regions most hated tradesman is willing to go for the €’s.
A two year old girl locked herself in a bathroom and the grandparents called the locksmith. He wouldn’t open the door until the grandparents agreed to pay the 337 euros in cash. He then opened the door within seconds and the panicking little girl was free. The locksmith was sentenced to pay a fine for extortion.
The newspaper doesn’t name the locksmith, but warns that he is not the only one charging so much for his service, so it’s probably the best thing to get pricing information before you give someone the job. To open a regular lock and to put in a new one should cost you between 80-150 euros.