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Political climate drives Americans to pay to smash things in "rage rooms"

In these rooms you can smash anything you went to release pent-up anger and frustration


Travis Gettys
October 24, 2018 8:00AM (UTC)
This article originally appeared on Raw Story.
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Rage rooms are popping up in cities across the U.S., giving paid customers a chance to take out their anger on inanimate objects with baseball bats and sledgehammers.

The Wrecking Club opened last year in Manhattan, followed last month by a nearby space called the Rage Cage, and rage rooms are popping up in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and other cities, reported Vox.

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 The lowest rate at the Wrecking Club is $79.99, and paying customers can choose to smash electronics, furniture, dishes and other items in a private room that, according on one New York Times reporter, combine the aesthetics of “CBGB’s basement circa 1977” with a “Stasi interrogation room.”

Wrecking Club patrons must wear closed-toe shoes, goggles, gloves, long sleeves and helmets — but they’re otherwise unsupervised and free to destroy what they want, however they want.

The Rage Cage offers 25 minutes of destruction for just $44.99, although there aren’t as many breakable items, and rooms are outfitted with mounts to allow customers to record themselves with cell phones.

“Perhaps — related to the political discussions about rage and who’s permitted it — the utility of rage rooms varies depending on who’s doing the raging,” wrote Sophie Haigney for Vox. “For many women, it’s a chance, albeit an expensive one, to play a character of sorts: the frat bro, the Keurig smasher. But for others, it might be a kind of sinking into the darkness of real rage.”

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