The wrong way to use handcuffs

December 22, 2009

When I was a Senior in high school, I went with my best friend to her boyfriend’s house.  His father was a police officer and had a set of handcuffs lying on the table.  We were joking around with them, when I thought I would be cute and amusing and closed them on her wrist.  Oops.  She wasn’t amused and definitely didn’t think I was cute.  Her boyfriend informed us that there was no key for them in the house.  Double oops.  Well, we discussed what to do, she could keep them on till his dad got home, but his dad would be pissed if he found out we were playing with his “cop things” or we could go out and find someone with a key.  We decided on the latter, got into his car and went in search of someone with handcuff keys.

We drove to the fair because it was close and knew there would be security there.  She tried to hide her hand under a coat.  I laughed so hard but she really wasn’t amused.  Of course, she was afraid of what people would think of her and was turning red.  We found an officer and I casually went up and asked him if he could uncuff my friend.  His eyes twinkled just a tiny bit as he unlocked the handcuff.  My friend and her boyfriend were mortified.  I still laughed and will probably find it funny till the day I die.

Awesome author Bethany Griffin has written a book involving handcuffs.  I loved the book and she uses handcuffs the right way – to cause consequences and growth for her MC!  Please check out her web-site, http://www.bethanygriffin.com.  Here is the description from Amazon:

PARKER PRESCOTT IS an ice princess. Cold, aloof, a snob. At least, that’s what everyone says on Marion Hennessey’s blog. And everyone reads Marion Hennessey’s blog.

Parker Prescott is a middle child. She’s the good one, the dependable one, the one her parents trust. Well . . . she used to be.

Parker Prescott’s parents want her to break up with her boyfriend. But she already did, two weeks ago. And then she realized it was a mistake. He came over. He had the handcuffs in his pocket. Everything went downhill from there. Sort of.

Parker Prescott’s world is changing and she no longer knows who she is. Does anyone?

For my contest I am offering a hardcover copy of Handcuffs, a cool journal and a bookmark.  All you have to do to enter is post a question for me to ask Bethany for my upcoming interview or share a short story (3-5 sentences) about handcuffs – fact or fiction 😉.  When I post the interview next week, I’ll announce the winner.  Post your comment before midnight EST December 26.  This is an International contest – always wanted to say that.



  1. So a classmate of mine once brought in a pair of furry, pink handcuffs one day I think in my sophomore year. The teacher confiscated them and took the key and never gave them back. I’m pretty sure it’s still in his file cabinet. But one day, when the girl wasn’t in the room, he joked to his students that if they disobeyed him, he’d handcuff them to the desk. The boys cringed; it was pink and furry after all.

    (part fact/part fiction)


  2. I love this book, which I ordered the day it came out. When I saw the title of your post, the book immediately came to mind. You can imagine my surprise when I saw the cover of the very same book I was thinking about.

    I would love to know if Bethany has anything else comming up for submission soon. Obviously you don’t need to enter me in the contest since I already have the book. 😉

  3. Questions for Bethany – are any of the events in the book based on real life? Is there a reason that ‘the ex’ does not have a name?

    I’ve borrowed this book off the library and LOVED it – would love my own copy!

  4. What was Bethany like as a teenager, back in high school?

    If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

    Why did you decide to write YA?

    If you can have dinner with one author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

    *ahem* I’m afraid my fictional story with handcuffs is not PG *ahem* LOL /joke.

  5. Questions for Bethany:

    Have you ever been handcuffed? Why? (If your willing to share 😉

    What gave you the idea for handcuffs? Why not rope or duck-tape?

    Have you always seen yourself as a writer? Did you ever think you would write stories like this one?

  6. Joking around at my boyfriend in high school’s house, we handcuffed his best friend to the bed. No key. We called his ex-girlfriend who we all hated to see if she had the key and she told us where to go. Ended up pulling the handcuff off the bed, and driving him to the police station where they unlocked him!

  7. So, my question for Bethany is does she have a handcuff experience of her own that inspired her in the writing of HANDCUFFS?

  8. So, I am an attorney and I counsel shoplifters from time to time. I have a lady private investigator (PI) friend who once cuffed me so I would “know how it feels to your clients when they get cuffed.” She did it the “correct” way: hands behind the back, backs of the palms facing each other, keyholes up, and the little double locking bars clicked into space. I sat that way about 5 minutes, just long enough to start feeling a little bit uncomfortable, and said, “Okay. I get the feel of it. Release me now please.” She came up to me with a big smile, went behind me, but instead of unlocking the cuffs she put the key in my hands and cheerfully said, “Here, now you can unlock yourself, hon.” I struggled for about 10 minutes while she was in stitches with laughter at my predicament. Eventually, when I was on the point of tears, she relented and released me. It was only then that she told me that if you are cuffed the “correct” way it is almost impossible to free yourself. LOL (in retrospect; then . . . not so much)

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