Angry? Come hit a toaster
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. –