AAB: Uh, that’s a shame. It’s a simple device that would probably cut down on a lot of opportunist thievery. It reminds me of a scene from Full Metal Jacket when the Gunnery Sergeant finds Private Pile’s foot locker unlocked: Hartman: Jesus H. Christ! Private Pyle, why is your foot locker unlocked? Pyle: Sir, I don’t know, sir! Hartman: Private Pyle, if there is one thing in this world that I hate, it is an unlocked foot locker! You know that, don’t you? Pyle: Sir, yes, sir!...
Isegoria: We call that a deadbolt, and they’re quite common here — but plenty of people can’t be bothered, it would appear.
AAB: I guess that nightlatches aren’t a standard fitting on exterior doors in the USA. They are pretty commonplace here in the UK.
Grasspunk: Makes you want to take your kids out of the crazy city and raise them in the country.
Steve Johnson: Dune is great, and the commentary on Foundation — which would be a sterile nightmare future — is profound, but it bothers me more and more that he had a society of women take on the role of human husbandry (word use intentional to highlight the absurdity).
Scipio Americanus: I went to college in a pretty bad city, and one night the cops chased a violent offender into the backyard of the house my roommates and I were renting at the time. I heard the cop yell “stop or I’ll blow your f**king head off!” from just outside my open window, just seconds after I’d heard running footsteps. The next night one of those roommates left the door not just unlocked but wide open after taking the garbage out. Suffice to say the rest of us were...
RL: It irritates me to no end when I come home late at night from work, my wife and small children already asleep in bed, to find the front door unlocked.