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  • Don

    Are you sure this is not a caption contest? “Cozy one bedroom unit with large outdoor space on lively street…$650,000…joint listing.”

  • JoDa

    To be fair, lock boxes often having nothing to do with people selling/renting their homes. We have several outside of my building, in a similar arrangement, including mine. My dog walker, housekeeper, and emergency local friend have the combination to it. I got 3 keys to the main door when I bought my place, copies were $50 per. It’s just easier/cheaper to buy a lock box and give the relevant service providers/friends the combination than make copies for everyone. Plus, then, if I change providers, I don’t have to collect the keys or change the locks, I just have to change the combination…
    The rodent trap is just a city feature. While we have no rodent issues in our building, we have regular extermination service that places these around the building to KEEP it that way. Today, while waiting for the bus, a rat ran into a nearby passerby’s feet. I bet they wish Metro had more rodent traps…

    • How easy are these to break into? I always wonder, with the proliferation of stolen bikes in DC, why more of these are cut off of doors and used to gain entry.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Bolt cutters will liberate the lock from the thing it’s attached to easily enough, but opening it to access the key will require more time and different tools for somebody who isn’t highly proficient at picking locks. Most common residential locks aren’t that hard to pick – somebody who could get the key out of one of these in any reasonable amount of time probably doesn’t need the key in the first place.

  • The rat trap needs a “free hugs” mini sign

  • chasscott

    I so want to put a “Welcome to Hamlin” bumper sticker on that rat box!

    • textdocc


  • anothertakomadcresident

    Maybe there’s a city rat realtor/real estate community?


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