So the gf locked herself out of her car and called me. Actually, she could get the passenger side open, but only about 6 inches, because she accidentally parked by a telephone pole, which prevented the door from fully opening. You see, some lost soul in Oakland tried to break into her car months ago, and only succeeded in making the driver side lock unusable with a key. So she has to get in/out of her car via the passenger side. She got out the driver side and locked it behind her, then realized she couldn't get in again via the passenger side. This is where MattGyver, and Swiffer, come in.
I grabbed an old man cane I have from a Halloween costume, and our Swiffer mop handle, and walked up to where she was stranded. I could almost pop the lock using the Swiffer handle (the cane didn't work), which reached, but I couldn't get enough purchase.
Couldn't get in via the trunk.
Considered all the possibilities, and kinda gave up. Called AAA.
But then I had the idea of tying the key to the Swiffer handle and turning the car on via the ignition which was reachable with the handle, and opening the passenger side power window. I connected the key to the Swiffer with some tape (tying it with my shoelace didn't work, as the key kept slipping), and it worked! Just as AAA was pulling up, I was able to get in the car. So thanks Swiffer, and thanks MacGyver -- I used to watch every episode regularly when I was a stay-at-home dad to my young son. Best, MattGyver