Friday, April 9, 2010

Baggin' up

Let me just preface this by saying: I have never felt unsafe or been pickpocketed during my time in New York. (knock on wood) This post is simply an observation.

In less than a week, my grandmother and aunt from middle-of-nowhere Kentucky (ok, it may be somewhere, but compared to here, I'm allowed to call it that, k?) and my mom are coming to visit New York for a few days. Since it'll be all ladies in this group, I thought I'd give a few rules and regulations on carrying a handbag in this city.

1) BE AWARE. That's pretty self-explanatory. Know who's around you and how close they are.

2) SHOULDER IT. I would not recommend carrying a purse that you can't put over your shoulder or across your body. Think about it. It'd be way easier for someone to snatch it out of your fingers than off your shoulder.

3) ZIP IT. It's best to have a purse or bag that zips so that no wandering hands find themselves in your bag when you're not paying attention. I also recommend carrying it so that the actual pull for the zipper is pointed toward the front, so no one can unzip it from behind you to stick their hands in.

Back when Big Red was brand new. Sigh.

Now, have I given you an excuse to go shopping yet?


J. et K. said...

Great post, Stephanie. I love a pot that turns safety and practicality in a reason to shop :)

Quid said...

I give the same advice to my mom, yet she always insists on carrying her purse by the strap in her hands. I love the woman, but it drives me a little crazy.

Never thought of the zipper angle. Very good tips!

Jean said...

Thanks! Nice to have a native tour guide!

Emily said...

Your tips are good. I just have one random, very off topic question. Why do you call it New York instead of New York City. I'm sorry I live in the actual New York State. Tell anybody out of state where you live and they atomatically go NYC?!?! And it's like No, small town forget it. Sorry it's just that I don't see why it's New York instead of NYC. It's just been bugging me for years how people do that.

Stephanie said...

Hi Emily,

That's a good question and I don't have a very good answer. But in my opinion, you've probably hit the nail on the head with people assuming NYC when you say New York. I guess New York City-ers buy into that logic too. We can just say it and people here and everywhere assume NYC. I can see how that would get annoying for a N.Y. state-er though!