China has devised an idea to tackle with the problem of bored husbands at shopping malls. They have come up with glass-encased kiosks that have a massage giving chair and elevated screen for playing video games and Television for the husbands who get bores when their shopoholic partners hop around from one store to another.
According to its makers, the futuristic mini man-caves are a first in China. They also told that they have installed four such mini caves in a high-end mall in Shanghai which costed 40,000 yuan ($6,000) each.
Reservation for the pod can be done via mobile app and it costs nothing to use at the moment.
Each pod has the words written on it in English: 'Private Lounge. Waiting for you in the bar'.
Owen Wei, project manager at makers Ingrem, a Shanghai company, said if the first batch proved popular they would roll out more at malls in the city.
“Some men don’t like to go shopping or stay with their wives, and prefer to play games or watch television,” he told a French wire service at the enormous Global Harbor mall, where one husband was enjoying in a nearby booth shooting aliens.
Well, this may not be same for all. On a recent day, the people who visited the pods were teenagers, members of media, and curious onlookers.
A husband told he loved his wife's company, while Liu Tianguo told that scheme was not approved by his partner.
“I told my wife, ‘I’ll be here. You go shopping and you’ll find me here,'” said Liu.
“It’s comfortable and I can have a rest while she spends my money. She was ok with it — as long as I don’t stay here too long.”