In a bid to help female customers in focusing while shopping without any distraction, a Chinese mall has launched “husband storage” facilities for wives to dump their spouse to play video games in other to allow them shop in peace.
According to The Paper, the Global Harbour mall in Shanghai erected a number of glass pods for wives to leave any disgruntled husbands that don’t want to be dragged around the shops.
Inside each individual pod is a chair, monitor, computer and gamepad, and men can sit and play retro 1990s games. Currently, the service is free, but staff told the newspaper that in future months, users will be able to scan a QR code and pay a small sum for the service using their mobile phones.
A few men who seem to be happy with the new development after trying out the pods expressed their excitement.
Mr. Yang said he thinks the pods are “Really great. I’ve just played Tekken 3 and felt like I was back at school!”
Another man, Mr. Wu, agreed but said that that he thought there were areas for improvement. “There’s no ventilation or air conditioning, I sat playing for five minutes and was drenched in sweat.”
One user approves the decision, saying that the pods “give these men an incentive to go shopping, and to pick up the bill” for their wives shopping.
But others disagree. “If my husband just wants to go out and play games, what’s the point of bringing him out?”
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