Cus­tomers pay to en­joy de­struc­tive frenzy

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their chil­dren – a job he said be­gan at home. Fran­cis then of­fered some off-the-cuff ad­vice.

He said: “It’s nor­mal for spouses to fight… it’d be strange if they didn’t. Do it, but so that the chil­dren don’t hear it or see it.” BEI­JING: It took a Smash cus­tomer just a few sharp blows with a base­ball bat to wreck what looked like an old car ra­dio, after which two friends bat­tered tele­phones, speak­ers, rice cook­ers and a man­nequin.

All three paid 158 yuan (R320) 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. Since the ven­ture opened in Septem­ber, cus­tomers had smashed around 15 000 bot­tles ev­ery month, said 25-year-old Jin Meng, who co-founded Smash with her friends.

Smash aims to help peo­ple deal with the pres­sures of liv­ing in big cities, tar­get­ing cus­tomers aged be­tween 20 and 35. Sim­i­lar ven­tures ex­ist in other coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US. Jin said around 600 peo­ple vis­ited Smash each month.

“A woman brought all her wed­ding pho­tos here, and she smashed them all,” Jin said.

Her next step was to open an anger room in a shop­ping mall.

| AP

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