Listen Now: Smash Rooms: Beijing’s New Remedy for Your Worst Days
Feeling a little frustrated? Find yourself a smash room.
At the end of a bad day people in Beijing are heading to anger rooms. For twenty-three dollars you can spend half an hour in a room filled with things you can smash to pieces.
While wearing protective gear and carrying hammers and baseball bats, customers are taking out their frustrations on old radios, phones and furniture. Since the company opened in September people have smashed around fifteen thousand dollars every month.
The twenty-five year old co-founder says she started the business with her friends to help people deal with the pressure of big city life. She says about six hundred people visit every month.
If your grievances are more personal then you bring your own things to smash. One woman brought all her wedding photos and smashed them one by one.
The business owner says customers believe the smash room is a safe place to let out negative energy and go about their day. Next, they want to open a location in a shopping mall, which might come in handy for the holiday season.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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