The Nefarious Hanger Strap


You are all probably familiar with those plastic loop things they sew inside the shoulders of women’s clothing items that helps to keep it on the hanger (hanger straps). I don’t think they put those in men’s clothes. Probably because men hardly ever hang their clothes up, but more often just drape them over various furniture pieces, or leave them on the floor, but I could be wrong. However, all my lady friends will be able to relate to this story.

Today, I was at Kmart and had gone over to the shoe aisle to try on a sweater (it’s the only place there is a mirror) I slipped the sweater on and as usually happens, it looked way better on the hanger than it did on me. So I was taking it back off when somehow I got my head stuck in one of those loops which freaked me out a little and I became disoriented just for a second, but it was long enough for me to lose my balance and fall face first into a pair of Cobbie Cuddler suede ankle boots and we both fell on the floor with an audible thud.

So I am now sitting on the floor in Kmart in the shoe aisle with a sweater stuck on my head and the plastic loop is strangling the life out of me. I sat very still afraid to move, sweater still bunched up on my head. I peaked out of the collar on the sweater to see if anybody saw me because that would be really embarrassing.

Luckily for me nobody was around to witness the bind (literally) I had gotten myself into. With a little skillful maneuvering, I was able to successfully free my head from the savage grip of the rubberband-like sweater appendage which is meant to be helpful, but if you’re me, can also be dangerous. Hence, this shall serve as a Public Service Announcement from me to my peeps…be mindful of those hanger straps girls.


About msmurfie

Shawn Murphy is a woman of mystery and power whose power is only exceeded by her mystery. She did not adjust well to the corporate life of cubicles and voicemail so went back to school and became an elementary school art teacher. Shawn enjoys walks in the woods despite being mostly allergic to the woods. She loves dogs, hates snakes, listens to self help CD’s and sings loudly to Beach Boys songs while driving. She tries to understand algebra , no luck so far. Past accomplishments include mending fences, literally and figuratively, folding a fitted sheet and shooting awesome photographs. Hopes to one day learn how to tie ties and sharpen knives properly. Easy going and painfully honest. Tends to share almost anything, much to the chagrin of friends and family.

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