|No keys required|
A few weeks ago I had part of shift that I had never done before. At least, not that combination. Between two bits of driving I had about 50 minutes of nothing and about five minutes before those fifty minutes were up, I realised I could have gone to the driver's lounge a bit further up the road, where it would have been nice and warm. So, when I had that same bit again today, I knew where I was going!
I did go there and found the door to open. I had the key at the ready and went in with my money bag, my keys (building and bus) and my sandwiches. As I entered the proper driver's lounge, I realised I had left my book on the bus. I put my stuff down, grabbed my keys and went to the bus. Well...
I tried to get to the bus, because I was hindered a great deal by the door. You see, I had the key and it had fit the lock. The problem was though, there was no lock on the inside of the door and no way to get the door open again. After a few attempts, which only resulted in dirty hands, I gave up and called for help. ON THE TELEPHONE!!
The first person I rang was driving and did not answer (a very clever colleague that). So, since I didn't have any phone numbers of other people who might know how to open the door, I had to call traffic control. Who had never been there and had to ask for help from a third party. A bit of snickering went on (well, a lot actually), but they would try and get me some help.
Help arrived about ten minutes later in the form of another colleague. Who told me it was very unwise to close the door when inside, because it tended to lock. No! Really?? Anyway, I got out in time and was able to drive to the pick-up point. Well, I would have, if I had had my keys. Which had gone missing. In the twenty meters from the driver's lounge to the 'do-not-close-it-might-lock door' I had lost the keys to the bus.
Were they still on the table? Back inside I went, leaving the door OPEN. Nope, no keys. Perhaps I had dropped them somewhere? I found them in the end. As I had tried to close/lock the door (impossible, I had to use my key, go figure!), they had fallen out of my hand.
Lesson of the day: stay in the bus next time! 😉