They put me through hoops and laddersPosted: August 19, 2019
A baker was referring to the health department inspection and uttered this mixup. It is a conflation of “”jump through hoops” (force someone to face challenges) and “put (someone) through the wringer” (force someone to endure harsh criticism). Both phrases involve requiring a person to do something, in this case a health department inspection, and both share the word “through”. The speaker was also probably conjuring up in his mind the game “Chutes and Ladders”. Kudos to Sam Edelmann who overheard this gem.