The cards are behind the rear wall of the compartment. 1. I cannot get the lid up far enough to get any of the implements that you recommended in there. 2. Even if I could, the cards hit the back edge of the lid as the lid is being held open. It seems like it would be easiest to remove the lid, if that is possible. In short I cannot open the lid very far. When I open the lid, the aft edge hits the top edge of the credit cards making it impossible to move them.
The picture shows the extent that the lid can be opened. The cards are lodged in the space opposite or to the right of where my hand is shown.
I think that the hinge release option might be the way to go. It is just hard to know where they are located because of the way the lid moves. The cards are vertical behind the "box" and right under the back edge of the lid, keeping them "pinned" in that location when attempting to open the lid. The only way to get them out is vertically, but that is impossible with the lid in place. Craziest thing. I will let you know how it works out. Thank you!
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 AT 9:12 AM