Pop-A-Lock Franchise Locksmith Answers the Call

July 27, 2010 // Franchising.com // Workers who had just escaped the burning deepwater horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico did not stop to grab their car keys before escaping to safety from the burning rig that later created one of the largest oil spills in history. This means that many of the survivors who had been rescued and returned to the BP heliport in Houma, LA were faced with a new challenge. The simple task of driving home to see their families and loved ones just got a little more complicated without keys to unlock and start their cars.

Thankfully, local locksmith Pop-A-Lock™ answered the call to provide emergency service for these weary and frustrated survivors. Ray LeCompte, owner of Pop-A-Lock Locksmith of Houma, LA arrived within minutes of getting the call to make new car keys.

On the afternoon of April 21st, representatives for Trans Ocean and Arch Catering, companies that were hired by BP and had employees on the Horizon oil rig, attempted to contact local locksmiths to assist, however, it was not until they called Pop-A-Lock™ that the call was answered to provide emergency service to make the keys. There were dozens of workers who were desperate to go home, but did not have keys to start their cars. Pop-A-Lock™, a nationwide mobile locksmith service, was able to cut and program all of the keys on the spot. In order to speed up the process of duplicating so many keys at one time, LeCompte requested additional support from a nearby Pop-A-Lock™ locksmith from New Orleans, P.J. Breaux. Breaux was immediately dispatched to the BP heliport at the Houma, LA air base and the duo began making new keys for the survivors who were understandably anxious to go home!

When asked about his service to assist the workers, LeCompte replied, "As locksmiths, we get calls all the time for unexpected situations. We were glad that we could help out."


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