My uncle put the keys behind the door, did he want to lock her out?

@besweet (7340)
Greece
November 1, 2012 6:18pm CST
My younger cousin had a fight with her dad a few days ago, she is 19 and she is at college but she stays with her parents because her school is very close to her house. She called me yesterday to tell me what happened, asking for my opinion. She said that the next day after the fight, she went for a beer with her friend and she was planning to come home before 12 am, but the time passed and she returned an hour later. My uncle was sleeping but they had locked the door and the keys were behind the door. Fortunately, she tried to unlock and she was able to get inside the house. She called me because she was wondering if it is possible that they had put the keys there in purpose, because she came home later than she said she would. I don't know what to say to her and she seems upset, but she doesn't want to talk about this matter with my uncle yet. I am also confused and I just told her that it's better to have a conversation and try to be more discrete with the time that she returns home, especially during the weekdays. But I understand that she is in college and it's time for her to have some fun as a student before she starts working! I was living with my brother and never had such problems when I was a student, so I am not sure how I should help her now! I think it's wrong if they did that on purpose, but my position is difficult. What advice can I give her without causing a new fight with her parents?
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@sowkrish (42)
• India
2 Nov 12
She can have a spare key with her always. You can't keep the door open all the time at night. I don't think this is a big problem.
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@besweet (7340)
• Greece
2 Nov 12
Hello! Thanks for your comment! She had a key with her, but my uncle had put his key in the lock on the inside of the house. She was lucky that she would put her key into the lock and push the other key out of the lock, she could have been locked outside. It has happened to me in the past and I had to call a locksmith and pay 50 euros because I was alone in my appartment and I had locked myself out with the key stuck behind the door! My brother's extra key was useless because the cylinder of the lock wouldn't turn with the second key.
• United States
2 Nov 12
You already gave the best advice you could already. get home at a decent hour before they are going to bed or risk being locked out for the night.
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@besweet (7340)
• Greece
2 Nov 12
Thanks :) I am trying to be objective because they are family and I don't want to be in the middle of their fight. I think they will discuss it and find a solution eventually!
@dfollin (12115)
• United States
2 Nov 12
Hi besweet,doesn't she have keys of her own? I would advise her just to give it a few days for everything to calm down.Then calming ask him why the keys were where they were at. Then,I am sure everything will be all right. Good luck
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@besweet (7340)
• Greece
2 Nov 12
Yes, she has her own keys for the house! But my uncle had already put his key on the other side of the door. When there is a key in the door lock it's impossible to put another from the outside and open. But I guess she was lucky because he probably didn't turn it behind the door. Sorry I probably didn't explain it that well! :)