Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Rent-a-Friend

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    3,486
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0

    Rent-a-Friend

    Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? That is so sad that you have to pay total strangers to hang out with you.

    http://rentafriend.com/home/

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Back to skating!
    Age
    36
    Posts
    17,416
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    2755
    Quote Originally Posted by Cupid View Post
    Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? That is so sad that you have to pay total strangers to hang out with you.

    http://rentafriend.com/home/
    To pay them is really sad. But to have such a website for people who are new in town or who are only there for a couple of weeks for work it would be great.

    Come to think of it, for the latter people it might be really hard to find someone to hang out with if they are only in town for weeks at a time.
    I wouldn't mind - if I find no one I am always happy to be by myself but some people need company and for those it is a perfect solution.

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
    Posts
    4,808
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    OMG, that is sad! Although I can't say I'm all that surprised that such a service is needed...

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    2,404
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    Sometimes I get so annoyed with my friends and family that I have thought about such a service. It might be nice to hang out with someone and know that there is no attachment.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Gwyneth Paltrow Fan Club headquarters
    Posts
    17,298
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    31302
    I don't know about doing this in your own town, but I think this would be great if you are travelling and wanted to get a local to show you their town. Instead of, say, going on a bus with a bunch of other tourists and a bored guide with a script. Really, there aren't that many options for individual travellers who don't want the standard group tour, unless you want to pay for a personal guide - that can be fun and very insightful, but it can also suck if the guide's main goal is to get as much money out of you as they can And I have heard some horror stories about travellers booking a "personal guide" and finding out that they misunderstood the purpose of the booking agency and had arranged for an encounter with a guide who wanted to get *really* personal, if you get my drift.

    If you and the "friend" were both clear that you wanted to see the city and hear about their experiences living there, and then you would buy them coffee or lunch, this could be an excellent way to do that.
    Last edited by overedge; 09-10-2010 at 09:37 PM.
    You should never write words with numbers. Unless you're seven. Or your name is Prince. - "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Word Crimes"

  6. #6
    Tranquillo
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    behind the gruppetto
    Posts
    24,968
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    39361
    How sad would it be if your RentAFriend wouldn't go with you.
    "The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett

  7. #7
    drinky typo pbp, closet hugger
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    c'est genifique!
    Posts
    29,978
    vCash
    325
    Rep Power
    39317
    I can understand if someone is really social-phobic and has a hard time meeting people that this might be a low-risk way to get used to talking to folks or interacting with people. Or, if there's an event that you just really need to attend and can't find someone to go with you (and for whatever reason can't/won't go alone). It's basically the legal side of the escort service industry.

    I love that you can hire someone to be your "wingman/woman"
    Q: Why can't I read the competition threads?
    A: Competition forums on the board are available to those with a Season Pass or a premium membership How to View Kiss & Cry

  8. #8
    engaged to dupa
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Heaven for climate, Hell for company.
    Posts
    18,917
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    1084
    Quote Originally Posted by genevieve View Post

    I love that you can hire someone to be your "wingman/woman"
    Me too.
    3539 and counting.

    Slightly Wounding Banana list cont: MacMadame.

  9. #9
    Tranquillo
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    behind the gruppetto
    Posts
    24,968
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    39361
    I read an article on MSNBC service about this and they mentioned that it was patterned after a popular rent-a-friend program in Japan. They also talked about different uses and said one woman hired a friend to go visit her grandmother every week after the girl moved away. Others "rented friends" when they were interested in taking up hobbies but didn't know other people who could help get them started in it.
    "The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    9,802
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    It would feel too weird just knowing that someone is hanging out with you only because you're paying him/her to do so.

  11. #11
    Skating Pairs with Drew
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    In Uber Rehab
    Posts
    12,171
    vCash
    500
    Rep Power
    0
    I know people who want a friend so badly. Even a paid friend would help. Mental health clients are often very lonely. I have one client who has been waiting for several years to matched with a volunteer who will do simple things with him like go out for coffee or to a movie. Client is a wonderful man but has impaired social skills along with his mental illness. Once someone meets and gets to know him they would be friends for life. Sadly, client will never make friends on his own. It is a shame that so few people have the time or interest for this kind of volunteer work.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •