1. Open. Insert chain goes through the sleeve
of a coat and the loop on an umbrella. Put the
bottom of the chain through the locking hole.
Every club of course needs a concierge for people with valuables like a computer in their bag, or a suitcase. One club in New York seems to be totally trusting about books and book bags.
2. Lock, after first putting a £1 coin in a
slot (it can be recovered when the coat is
Here's what a London club does. It has a long wall of coat hooks, and you protect your coat from theft or careless coat pickup by locking the coat to the hook with a chain.
With modern computer advances, there must be a more efficient way of doing this that does not require a coin.
Maybe a credit card could be used to close and then reopen the lock. It would also provide evidence if the club had problems with their system or there was a dispute about ownership of the coat.
3. Take away the plastic key, which
opens the lock on your return.
It looks like a set of post office boxes but inside each one is a plug to recharge an iPhone. This is valuable for people who can leave their iPhone while they have a meal or a drink, and pick it up recharged on their way out.