A retired locksmith is leaving the door open for anybody who wants to make themselves at home in various areas of New York City’s infrastructure.
Daniel Ferraris, 69, of Union City, New Jersey, is reportedly not asking questions as he sells the keys, which have some crying foul over a possible security breach.
Ferraris recently collected $150 for a ‘firemen’s key ring’ – a collection that can grant access to places like elevators, subway station gates and electric panels in pretty much any building in the Big Apple.
The keys were sold to an undercover New York Post reporter – no questions asked – by Ferraris, who peddles a number of antique keys and locks on eBay under the name ‘thesixlever.’
The Post reported that as Ferraris handed over the ring, he said the keys ‘probably still work, but don’t try to use them.’
The reporter found that the keys did indeed work.
And it’s not just New York, as Ferraris is also selling similar keys for Los Angeles and Boston on his eBay page.
Ferraris told the paper that he has been collecting fire department keys for years, and he got them from both his days as a locksmith and from those selling the items at shows.
The sale outraged a former member of the FDNY.
Speaking to the Post, the ex-firefighter, who was not identified, said: ‘With all the anti-terrorism activities, with all the protection that the NYPD is trying to provide, it’s astounding that you could get hold of this type of thing.’
He added: ‘Think about the people at Occupy Wall Street who hate the NYPD, hate the establishment. They would love to have a set. Wouldn’t it be nice to walk in and disable Chase’s elevators?’
An eBay listing for a Los Angeles Fire Department maltese cross key includes a note from Ferraris saying: ‘I also have some items NOT permitted for listing on EBAY.’
He claims that the keys he sells are obsolete and have not been used in some time, but others disagree.
The former New York City firefighter told the Post that eBay sellers use the word ‘obsolete’ to get around the auction site’s regulations.
Ferraris refused to comment when told by the Post that he had sold the keys to a reporter, and that having them in his possession could lead to him being charged with a crime.
Among them would be possession of burglary tools – a misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to one year in prison.