I just came across this, and I guess I shouldn’t be dumbfounded, but I am. The Rage Room. This one is near Toronto, Canada, but I am told there are more like this. What is it? It’s a venue where you can smash the crap out of anything in a room, for the modest price of 20 bucks for 30 minutes.
Here’s what the Rage Room website has to say:
Have you ever reached the end of a long day, and just felt the need to take your anger out on something? Maybe your boss has been stressing you out. Or your in-laws are giving you a hard time. Or, god forbid, you stepped on a piece of Lego.
Come to Toronto’s first Rage Room, and let all that stress and anger out! The Rage Room is a facility where you can let your hair down, gear up, and Rage out. Collect your thoughts, project your hatred and rage onto the breakable items, and unleash an unrelenting wave of destruction!
Wanna see the video? Get ready….
Oh man, I can just imagine the disclaimers they make you sign! (that’s the lawyer in me talking).
Oh wait, there’s a menu!! The $20 only gets you 5 plates to smash to smithereens. Do you want more? That’s $2 per plate. How about some wine glasses? That will be $3 each. A chair? You want to smash a chair? Certainly, for $20 you can! I’m not kidding.
Don’t miss the FAQs! How about this one:
Question: Can I tape a picture of a personal object of hatred on the things I’m about to break?
Answer: Of course! Bring your pictures, we’ll provide the tape. Or if you forget, we can print one for you for $2.
How cool is this? As they say in Canada, Eh.
I know you’re saying that it’s a potentially healthy outlet for displacing that anger, but still, I have to wonder why a person has so much rage that this is a feasible and acceptable release of anger. In fact, I find this disturbing.
Is this Exercise? Recreation? Why not just go for a run? Swim? Shoot some hoops?
Does this actually quell the rage? Is it a valid form of anger management? Is it therapeutic? How about a little therapy?
What do you think? Would you visit a Rage Room?