Bei­jing’s anger room be­comes a Smash hit

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

It took Smash cus­tomer Qiu Siyu just a few sharp blows with a base­ball bat to wreck what looked like an old car ra­dio. And after this, two friends bat­tered tele­phones, au­dio speak­ers, rice cook­ers and even a man­nequin. All three paid 158 yuan ($A32) to spend half-an-hour in an ‘‘anger room’’ in Bei­jing, where pa­trons wear­ing pro­tec­tive gear use ham­mers and bats to vent their frus­tra­tion on house­hold ob­jects while staff play mu­sic of their choice in the back­ground. Since the ven­ture opened in Sep­tem­ber, cus­tomers have smashed about 15 000 bot­tles ev­ery month, said 25-year-old Jin Meng, who co-founded Smash with her friends. About 600 peo­ple visit Smash each month, Jin said. ‘‘A woman brought all her wed­ding pho­tos here, and she smashed them all,’’ Jin said. ‘‘We wel­come peo­ple to bring their own stuff. Ev­ery time we come across cases like this, they af­firm our be­lief that we’ve pro­vided a safe place to let out neg­a­tive en­ergy. And we are happy for that.’’ In Bei­jing, Jin said her next step was to open a new anger room in a shop­ping mall where peo­ple could take a break from their shop­ping to smash a bot­tle or two.

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