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Why don’t more restaurants install handbag hangers under their tables and bar counters? It is appalling that you have to pay a minimum of $50 per head and still be expected to put a handbag with all your belongings on the floor.
The purse hook is a great idea. Nobody wants floor scuffs on their purses. Although I don´t know how practical the functionality of the hook would be, it certainly would be worth a test. I have a confession to make: I buy all of Kranston’s purses. I have a handbag hideaway in San Francisco that offers Italian designer styles at reasonable prices. Flooring the purse is an aggravating situation. Plus, it has hit the news recently that it is highly unsanitary.
Just last week there was a report claiming women´s purses carry more bacteria and disease than any other object we touch throughout the day. The report tracked a purse for 24 hours. They found it on the floor in restaurants, both tableside and in bathrooms. The carry-all found its way onto various counters and into cubby holes that seldom saw the light of day. The worse part of the exercise was that women have a tendency to place their hands on the bottom of their purses when they raise them to the shoulder.
The under table hook could alleviate many of these probles. Many of the old saloons in New York had hooks underneath the bar rail for hats. They were of the snap and click models that were so popular in Catholic Church pews. They worked quite well for the fedora that Gary Hat would occasionally don during those rainy days in Manhattan.
The purse predicament is something restaurant owners have struggled with for years. Floor placement is definitely an aggravation. Frequently the Gucci bag becomes an obstacle as it finds its way into the aisle impeding satisfactory service. Another problem with many new restaurants which have taken on the French Bistro flair; their tables are so close that there is little or no room for purse placement.
The hook has its advantages. But, it also has some very serious disadvantages.
One of the highlights of the rainy season in New York is the dining room purse snatch. Usually during a busy dinner hour, the perpetrator walks through the dining room, umbrella in hand, hooking the occasional Prada along the way. The heist is commonly unnoticed as nobody is thinking of umbrella bandits. It usually only works once per restaurant as the host pays closer attention after the bumbershoot boys strike.
Would the hook resolve this problem or promote the handle swipe? What effect would an overstuffed purse have on some of the flimsy, rocking tables that the occasional owner offers his guests?
The idea holds weight. When I suggested to Kranston that it may work, she immediately told me she judges a Lady´s Room by whether or not a hook exists on the back of the stall door.
The hook system should be given a chance. Does it exist anywhere today? Does it currently work? Is there anyone out there willing to give it a try? It could be a new hook.
"Good evening. Table for two? Purse hook or something near the garden?"