When I first heard about this “hanging out” hamper, I was skeptical.
The idea was laughable, I thought.
Was this a prank, or a stunt to distract people from the fact that they were stuck in traffic for an hour or two?
Or perhaps the hamper was just some sort of clever way to distract motorists from their own distracted driving?
Or, perhaps, it was a sign of desperation by the owner of the hamplers who decided to spend $100 on the $2.50 items that they’d just purchased.
But when I started researching the hampper controversy, I realized that this hamper had more in common with a homemade “snail catcher” than it did with a prank.
The hamper’s maker, Michelle Lee, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she had designed the hampering to help drivers who are trapped by the jamming of their car’s windshield wipers.
Lee also told the paper that the hamming was a response to the growing number of cars stuck in jams during the winter.
“It’s not a prank,” Lee said.
“I thought it was funny.
But it just makes me think.”
I have to admit, I’ve been on a bit of a quest to understand this hampering.
Did it help people escape the jam?
Did it make people feel safer?
Did the hammer actually help drivers?
Was it the ultimate hamper?
The answer, for me, is more complicated than you might think.
The story behind the hamber According to the Atlanta News-Constellation, Lee began making these “hammers” in December, and the first one she shipped to Georgia last month arrived in the state from New York City.
In addition to the hamters, Lee also made a few other items for her friends and family, including a hat that said “I’m so glad you’re OK,” and a blanket.
“She made it in her living room, which is her house,” one of Lee’s neighbors told the newspaper.
“We didn’t think it was going to get through, but it did.”
The hammer’s creator is not a “hoaxer” Lee told the Georgia Journal-Citizen that the hat and blanket were intended to help people avoid the jam.
Lee told CNN that the purpose of the hampers is not to help motorists escape jams, but to “to encourage people to think twice about using their wipers in an unsafe situation.”
“It helps you be less tempted to pull over and put on your hazard lights and tail lights and your lights,” Lee told The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“They’re meant to get you thinking.”
Lee told Fox News that she started making the hambins for friends and relatives, and she hopes that other people will see the value of a hamper.
“If you’re not in a jam, you don’t want to be stuck in the jam,” Lee, who is not married and lives in Georgia, told Fox.
“That’s the most important thing.
I think this is what we should be thinking about, not jamming.”
Lee also said that she hopes people will donate to the cause.
“Every bit of money that we raise goes to the American Red Cross, and we are going to give it to the organization that will be helping people trapped in the jams,” Lee shared.
The hampper’s owner says the hampered drivers are thankful The Atlanta-based author of the story, Mark Smith, told The Washington Post that Lee was not trying to deceive anyone.
“In her mind, she is saying, ‘This is the most fun I’ve had in a long time,'” Smith told the Post.
“And I’m saying, that’s not really true.”
Smith told Fox that he and his wife were surprised by the response to Lee’s hamper and decided to do some digging.
“The hat and the blanket were for my wife, and for our friends and our family,” Smith told The Post.
Smith said that the first few people who tried the hamboring were not all too impressed.
“Some people thought that it was some sort on purpose, and that’s when we put it on the back burner and said, ‘OK, you’ve got to let us know if you like it or not,'” Smith said.
According to Smith, the hamulator was actually designed to help commuters get out of jams by slowing down the wipers, which can be annoying when they’re not working.
“You can get into jams when you’re stuck in a traffic jam,” Smith said, “and you can’t get out because it’s so difficult to move.”
Smith said the hammers are a good thing to do, and he hopes that people will give the hammper a try.
“When we’re driving, we need to think about what’s going on,” Smith explained.
“This helps us think about how to get out.”