A 23-year-old Longmont woman was arrested over the weekend for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend -- over Macklemore's inescapable hit single "Thrift Shop," which he wouldn't stop singing.
When "Thrift Shop" first came out, before it got completely driven into the ground, it was actually a pretty catchy single. Of course once you've heard it nine million times, it loses its luster and just becomes grating. It's enough to drive you to drink, or madness -- or both, in this case.
See also: - Macklemore's You Can Play anti-homophobic PSA filmed at Winter on the Rocks - Macklemore at CU Boulder's Balch Fieldhouse on 4/19 - Review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and more at Red Rocks, 2/1/13
According to a police report obtained by the SmokingGun.com, the woman arrested is Samantha Malson, a 2007 graduate of Loveland High School who works as a nursing assistant. The alleged assault reportedly occurred when Malson's boyfriend wouldn't stop singing the words to "Thrift Shop." There were other mitigating factors that contributed to the incident. The episode took place after a night of heavy drinking, from the sounds of it.
The fight reportedly started when Malson's boyfriend and alleged victim, Lars Hansen, who was apparently celebrating his 26th birthday, began haranguing Malson about drinking all the booze in the house. She stepped out for a short time and sat in her car, presumably to cool off, then returned a short time later, at which point the pair put "Thrift Shop" on the stereo. That's when everything escalated, apparently.
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From the Longmont Police report:
"Malson said that she asked Hansen '25 times' to stop singing. Malson said, 'He just annoyed me" and 'I pushed him.' Malson demonstrated this (without me asking or prompting) by shoving her fingertips into the air repeatedly. She said she pushed him a couple of times and, 'I grabbed him around the throat," showing me her left hand in a choking type hold. Malson then said, 'I did it for intimidation.'
Again, she made this statement without me asking any questions or prompting her. Malson then said, 'You're the police. I'm not gonna lie to you,' and then said, 'I shoudn't have come back inside.' I asked her if Hansen had grabbed her at all during this encounter. Malson stated that while she was 'pushing him,' Hansen grabbed her wrists, then began to demonstrate, 'I pulled this one (showing me her left hand) away and I went for his throat' again demonstrating the previously [sic] described choking motion/grip.
Malson again stated that Hansen was being annoying, singing the lyrics over and over and she just wanted him to stop. I repeated to Malson that, according to her version of events, she was poking Hansen in the chest to make him stop singing, and that was when Hansen grabbed her wrists. Malson corrected me saying she 'pushed' him in the chest and then said that what I had repeated was correct. I repeated my question that Hansen only grabbed her wrists after she was pushing him to ensure I was understanding her correctly. Malson again told me that was correct."
For his part, Hansen reportedly didn't remember anything from the incident. After being placed in custody, police determined that Malson also had a bench warrant for her arrest in Denver for a failure to appear charge from last year. While being transported to the Longmont police station, Malson contended that she was only acting in self-defense, and she was later transferred to Boulder County Jail.
Continue reading for the full police report.
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