So, the idea that this is newsworthy, is the shock to me. In Junior High (a goodly number of years ago) the benefit of a Master lock was that when you forgot or lost your key, you took a buddies shoe, whacked it solid on the top and it came open. If you're buying a Master Lock, or any similar style lock, that it is somehow theft-proof is naive at best. You're buying a deterrent. On your school locker, the school ne'er-do-well' can't simply rummage your stuff as he slinks on through. sure he could take his shoe and whack it open, but that's noisy, and likely draw suspicion. Master Lock sells stuff that generally does the job, just recognize what you're buying and get on with life.