Beijing’s anger room becomes a Smash hit
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.