I encountered a fellow commuter this morning doing ye-olde walk of shame. I did a u-turn and asked if he's alright. He's a poor-ish fellow who was riding to one of those pay-by-the-day labor places. His bag of clothes and lunch ended up getting snagged in his chain. Somehow, it destroyed the rear derailleur hanger, and bent the hell out of a few links of chain before it finally snapped.
I ended up wrapping his RD cable around the seatstay to keep what was left of the RD out of the spokes, then found a reasonable and snug gear combination and cut his chain down to size, resulting in a 26" BMX bike but hey, at least it got him back on the road.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure he's got the $75 or so it will take to have it repaired properly at the bike shop. Hopefully my hack job fix holds for as long as it needs to.
Park Tool MTB-3 wins again. I don't leave home without it!