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Lockable Fridge

A fridge with a lock on it
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I'm tired of people stealing food out of my fridge, but they have unfettered access to the fridge because there's no way to restrict access. Solution: Put a lock on the fridge. A key lock would work best because combinations can be memorized, and sometimes, you would want to give another person access for a limited time. If the power goes out, the lock should stay locked so that the food won't spoil.
kewldude471, May 11 2005

Locking the Cabinets and Refrigerator http://www.pwsausa....rigerator_locks.htm
bakable. Please note that I am not suggesting that your flatmates are compulsive eaters and hypotonics. [calum, May 11 2005]

Imagine a thief breaking into this to steal your expensive tools, and finding only...beer! http://www.microfri...2/14/P1/default/N/0
[ldischler, May 11 2005]

Could get expensive http://www.londonis.../the_world_most.php
A good reason not to lock the fridge [coprocephalous, May 11 2005]

Fridge Lock http://www.leapsand...DUCT&iProductID=452
May not foil hungry roommates. [DrCurry, May 13 2005]

RLFR1804; includes a door lock. http://www.borolabs...il.asp?ProductID=65
A correspondent points out that lockable fridges already exist - labs have them. [jutta, Aug 29 2005]

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       Or a booby-trapped fridge?
zen_tom, May 11 2005
  

       Lockable refrigerators are baked in the worlds of hazardous chemicals, restaurants and The Shining.
calum, May 11 2005
  

       Green food colouring in the milk.
Fake cankers on the cheese.
Hatching maggots hinted at.
Fame at last.
DenholmRicshaw, May 11 2005
  

       My school has one of these, to stop anyone pilfering the icy poles and the ice cream. Not that anyone in their right mind would want to, of course!
froglet, May 11 2005
  

       I'd bun this idea but I've lost my key and all the buns are stuck in the fridge.
hidden truths, May 12 2005
  

       There is a long and sorry history of children getting stuck in discarded lockable fridges. Hence local laws in many parts of the States requiring the removal of fridge doors before disposal.
DrCurry, May 12 2005
  

       I would agree with this idea except I would be worried that the lock would somehow break or something and I'd be stuck with no food. Plus the food in it would spoil eventually if you didn't get it out on time.
hobbitcoat, May 12 2005
  

       Laxatives.
goatfaceKilla, May 12 2005
  

       Go out and buy a padlock with key, a latch, some screws (may come with the latch) and a drill.
waugsqueke, May 12 2005
  

       baked in old fridges, there was one on our old beer-fridge
andrew1, May 13 2005
  

       Baked commercially. In some cultures, it is common for the fridge to be placed outside the house. Hence locks are required to stop apartment block neighbours from getting at your precious perishables.   

       Waugs, be careful not to drill through a condensor tube. These are mounted on the inside of the fixed exterior pannels these days. More beautiful and only slightly less efficient than the old exterior heat exchangers of yesteryear.
Texticle, May 13 2005
  

       [-] I can't believe that you have never seen or heard about lockable fridge.   

       The idea of "not providing the lock" has probably been baked due to problems encountered with lockable fridges.
vedarshi, May 13 2005
  

       I had a child proof lock on my fridge at one time to stop my cat getting the turkey out of it, on christmas day (every year).
po, May 13 2005
  

       If the power goes out, the food's going to spoil regardless of whether it's locked or not. Unless it's got a battery backup or something.
jaksplat, Apr 19 2008
  

       I have heard of this being done by foster parents, to limit food expenses incurred by hungry foster children. Seriously!
bungston, May 22 2008
  

       I think that a refrigerator should have the option of installing a lock (i.e. have a few holes in the right places to put one) but not neccesarily as standard equipment. You could either request to have one installed at an additional $15 charge (can't imagine a small cabinet type lock would be expensive) or install it yourself later on if you decide you need it.   

       I say it shouldn't be standard equipped because I have come across a number of refrigerators and freezers that do have locks, but it seems that some models just include it, but it seems that a number of people who have a fridge like this never used the lock, and as a result, the key is lost, thus necessitating replacing the lock or cutting a new key for it should it be needed later.   

       For that reason, I think that the refrigerator should have a hole in which you can install a standard cabinet lock later on (or as an option at purchase)   

       As for "children getting stuck in discarded lockable fridges" I don't see how someone would get stuck unless someone else had the key and locked someone inside it as a prank (not knowing they could suffocate) to solve that problem, either remove the lock (it would ideally be secured by screws that are not hidden, making removal easy) or leave it unlocked and dispose of the key separately (in the trash can, not in the fridge)
Dickcheney6, Aug 13 2011
  
      
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