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Seniors citizens being bad with technology, has been an oft repeated story. This may appear comical to many but it may also lead to more dire consequences when elderly people are pitted with the latest technological gadgets and gizmos that they are not fully able to comprehend.

A senior couple from New Zealand though that they locked themselves in and spent the whole night in their smart key operated Mazda3. Otago Daily Times named it as “a series of Murphy’s Law events” though. Thinking that they car would not open without the key fob which they left outside along with the operating manual they chose to spend the night inside the cabin. Combination of darkness, stress and overall shortage of information on their vehicle had killed Mollieanne and Brian Smith nearly. 

The couple aged 65 and 68 though they were trapped and attempted honking the horn to attract attention of neighbors.  It being the Guy Fawkes Night, fireworks were at work and the horn nose was drowned in them. The couple even tried to use the car jack on a window to escape. When they were ultimately rescued after 13 hours of lock up, Mrs. Smith was found unconscious and her husband was struggling to breathe. Emergency team said that another half an hour in the car would have killed them both. Mr. Smith said that he has always been methodical but this time he failed to work out the unlocking of the car.

 

He further said to Otago Daily Times that once he discovered how simple it was to open the car he kicked himself for not figuring it out. He said that his mind was made up that the car doors could not be opened without the transponder which he did not have it with himself at that time.  

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