In a small central community in Alberta, there is a mystery that can be traced in the parking lot of a grocery store and leads to chaos with key remote controls.
About three weeks ago, people who parked at the Co-op grocery store in Carstairs found something wrong with their keys when they tried to lock or unlock their cars.
“About three weeks ago we were notified by several guests who had problems with the console. It was a mystery at the time, ”says Stephen Kennedy, manager of asset protection at the cooperative.
Puzzled drivers struggling with faulty remote controls often ended up setting up their own car alarms and unable to turn them off.
Christina Kapeller, who co-owns the auto service across the road, says drivers often come for help.
“They come because their alarm goes off. They leave at least six to eight times. They come and say that my car will not find my key, so we have to come. ”
Kapeller says that this is mainly for Dodge cars, but it happens in other models.
“Any vehicle that has a push seems to be affected, but the Dodge seems to be the one. All those whom we had to help in order for their key to stop squeaking were Dodge.
According to her, over the past two weeks she has helped two dozen people with their stubborn key chains.
"I helped a woman who was over 80 and a couple of twenty years old who didn’t know what was going on and they panicked."
Shirley McRae, who came from Calgary, said that on Thursday morning she faced a strange problem with her new Hyundai.
“I went out and locked it, and I thought,“ I better get my iPhone, ”so I came back and I had to press the key fob like four times to get on the side that was really crazy. I do not know what happened.
Kennedy says they communicated with the province, but the problem is most likely related to the radio frequencies that the consoles use to communicate with the appropriate vehicles. However, what destroys this connection remains a mystery.
"We have exhausted all that we have under control, so now we just need the ministry to develop the right tools and technologies to find out if they can accurately determine this."
Businesses nearby will carry out another plan to try to track where the signal is coming from. On Thursday evening, everyone will turn off his power one by one to find out if any of them are at fault.
Even if they fail to learn something, the Kapeller will continue to help wherever she can.
“I just feel bad because I was in a situation when my car would not start or something in this case, and people just look at you and let you sit there. I don't want people to be like that. ”
(With files from Kevin Fleming)