An­gry? Come hit a toaster

The Citizen (KZN) - - FRONT PAGE -

It took Smash cus­tomer Qiu Siyu just a few sharp blows with a base­ball bat to wreck what looked like an old car ra­dio, after which two friends bat­tered tele­phones, au­dio speak­ers, rice cook­ers and even a man­nequin.

All three paid 158 yuan (R318) 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 15 000 bot­tles ev­ery month, said 25-year-old Jin Meng, who co-founded Smash with her friends.

Not in­tended to pro­mote vi­o­lence, Smash aims to help peo­ple deal with the pres­sures of liv­ing in big cities like Bei­jing, Jin said, adding that their tar­get cus­tomers are be­tween 20 and 35 years old.

Jin said her next step is to open a new anger room in a shop­ping mall where peo­ple can take a break from their shop­ping to smash a bot­tle or two. –

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