HOWTO force a padlock with a tin-can shim


This short video illustrates a simple procedure for forcing open standard padlocks with a shim snipped out of a tin can. The technique is old, but this is a good, lucid explanation of it. Kids have been doing this for years, but schools and gyms still recommend these broken locks -- and the manufacturers keep making them, which is practically criminal negligence. Link (Thanks, Kevin!)

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