It may sound implausible but many locksmith company owners, especially national chains and franchises, simply train their locksmiths to drill out old locks and then replace them with new before trying anything else. This is obviously to save time on the job, charge for new parts and get the maximum profit out of the customer. This is clearly not good if you are a customer who suffers from the experience of needing a locksmith repeatedly due to being prone to losing keys.
Often the solution to getting into your house or business premises can be a far simpler affair, as simple as picking a lock in under 30 seconds, but some shady locksmith companies go straight for the drill and then charge the customer a huge amount of money for the replacement and the privilege of having their quite serviceable locks destroyed beyond repair by a drill bit delivered on the end of a Black and Decker.
These kinds of locksmiths are trained to deliver you a solution that is the easiest for them, yields the most profit from replacement parts, allows them to charge you more money for the service and dismisses any proper and correct solutions that favour the customer. Think of it like you go to a garage to have a puncture repaired but are manipulated into buying four new tyres and an oil change – you are then charged £250 when a £25 service would have cured the problem. These kinds of locksmiths prey on the elderly, single parents, first time customers, the weak and infirm, the poor and people that generally have never used a locksmith or don’t know much about locks. Due to this they more often than not, never get taken to task about the extortionate service they are providing.