One upscale eatery we visited in Lima, Peru had attached carabiners–those spring loaded rope clips that rockclimbers use–to the underside of the corners of each table as a secure spot for ladies purses. Rather than hang their valuable “stuff” on the back of a chair, it was safely stashed close by and it took two hands to squeeze the latch open.
They used a flat loop which allowed the carabiner to swivel freely, thus preventing any snagged skirts or pants. Great idea and not very costly.
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