It placed number 1 in this year’s triple j’s Hottest 100 but not everyone is loving Macklemore & Ryan Lewis catchy rap tune about second-hand shopping – a Colorado woman has allegedly choked her boyfriend for incessantly singing Thrift Shop after a drunken argument.
As reported by The Smoking Gun, 23-year-old Samantha Malson was arrested for domestic violence and harassment by the Longmont Police Department after choking and repeatedly shoving her partner, Lars Hansen.
According to the police report the couple were inebriated due to celebrations for Hansen’s 26th birthday. The two initially argued over Malson’s apparent consumption of “all alcohol in the house” but evidentally resolved that dispute.
It was at this stage they decided to listen to Thrift Shop when Hansen, laying on the couch, began to sing the lyrics repeatedly. Malson told police she asked Hansen to stop singing “25 times” before it became clear that choking him was the only sensible thing to do.
“He just annoyed me,” Malson admitted before revealing she also pushed her partner a couple of times. She then confessed, “I grabbed him around the throat… I did it for intimidation.”
The police report notes that Hansen’s neck was red on both sides and that his face was flush but that the redness could also have been caused by intoxication. Hansen claims to not remember the incident. From the sounds of it, the dude should have been the one arrested for domestic violence and harassment.
A recent study found that the key to expelling annoyingly catchy songs from your head is to find the appropriate level of challenge to occupy your thinking. Apparently locking someone in a guillotine hold is also an effective measure.