Skip to comments.Some Chinese Malls Have “Husband Storage” Facilities for the Shopping-Averse
Posted on 01/12/2014 3:42:43 PM PST by nickcarraway
They offer a range of activities and services to "meet the needs of male customers," such as smoking, internet, drinking, snacks and "beautiful attendants"
It's a cliché to say that menor, if you want to be gender neutral, "non-shopping companions"don't do well at malls. (For example, these "miserable men of Instagram.") And in China, nifty facilities for shopping-averse men has popped up in some malls, reports Kotaku. These "husband storage" facilitiesalso referred to as "husband restrooms" and "husband play areas"act as both rest stations and meeting points for men who prefer sitting around to digging through the racks. After their lady is finished shopping, she can return to the storage room and pick up her husband, much she would a winter coat left with a coat check. Kotaku reports:
Called "laogong jicun chu" in Chinese (老公寄存处), which literally means "husband cloakroom," the rest stations are for husbands who are either knackered from shopping or for those who would rather spend their time doing something else.
According to Baike.com, the facilities offer a range of activities and services to "meet the needs of male customers," such as smoking, internet access, drinking, snacks, television and "beautiful attendants." But they vary in fanciness depending on the mall. Some "just have benches for the men to sit and think," says Kotaku. Some resemble train station waiting rooms; others are set up like small cafes. Some, as the Global Times reports, are available only temporarily "as a rest stop for the throngs of purse-carrying men accompanying their significant others" during busy holiday periods.
While shopping malls in the West with children daycare facilities are hailed as entrepreneurial, China's husband-catering version, Time writes, adds to the evidence that that country "is the world's leader in innovation." However, the innovation may mainly be that China has a term for this service. NPR reported on the phenomenon of "men at malls" back in 2006 and found at least one store that catered to men by offering TVs showing sports, warm cookies, cappuccinos and reportedly quite comfortable chairs.
I wish I had money to go to the mall.
No ball pit??? Rip off!!
Taking a husband shopping is akin to hunting with the game warden.
When my wife takes me shopping, I like to hold her hands. She thinks I’m being romantic, but I’m really keeping her hands away from our credit cards.
We have those guy’s ‘stoorage’ rooms here also, but we call ‘em...BARS!
So it’s better for both if you avoid it?
Better than having guys like that one last month who took the gifts and jumped to his death when his gf insisted on going in just one more shoe store.
Beautiful attendants? I'm in.
If they put in a sports/bar and grill complete with TVs and recliners, a gun range, foosball tables, air hockey tables, pool tables, the latest video game consoles and games, and something equivalent to a TechShop with great classes we would be more than happy to go to the mall with our more significant other. She wouldn’t be able to drag me away. As a matter of fact I’d be dragging her to the mall quite often.
Can anyone think of other kewl things to add?
WE have them too; they are called bars.
Casinos need these for non-gambling spouses, of both sexes!
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
“Beautiful attendants to meet the needs of male visitors “. ????? Sounds like our communist Chinese “ friends” are far better capitalists than the local American mall operators. Yes
Indeed. Let’s get our “ male needs” serviced by beautiful attendants! Yum yum yum. !
There's an easier way. It's called a debit card, which stops working when you have spent the monthly allocation.
Two things you never hear a man say...
1. Hey honey, let’s go shoe shopping.
"See a need, fill a need."
There’s no way I’d go shopping with my husband. I don’t understand why any woman would bring their husband with them. Take your friends if you feel the need for company. I prefer to shop alone, when I have to go at all. I actually would rather shop on line.
You me instead of the non-gambling spouse always saying let’s go when you are winning.
Presumably they use the mattress store for these services. Every mall seems to have a mattress store. This undoubtably boosts the rate of return on invested capital By Great Leaps Forward. ( this being in the Context of communist china, after all ). Whoopie !
You mean "Dog Kennels."
THAT is my new tagline. LOL Absolutely no fun.
My retired, although youngish, husband wants to go with me all the time. Hard to say “no,” but darn shopping isn’t fun anymore and I don’t even buy that much. I like to just shop by MYSELF.
My husband says I shop like a guy, in other words, I go into the store and come out with whatever right away. Most of the time that is true.
Of course I’m going to shop fast if he is along for the ride. Fabric stores are my downfall and there is NO WAY he would wait patiently.
Every time you post that picture I crack up.
My Father and brother-in-law and myself went into Costco to get a ribeye roast. (they were sold out the day before and they’re delicious on the pellet grill) The MIL, wives, and kids were all at a kids museum after we split off to start cooking dinner. I power walked straight to the Meat Dept. to grab the roast while my BIL grabbed a pack of paper towels. We all met at the cash register where because of the time there was no line, and were out in a flash. My BIL said “That was the fastest Costco visit in my life”.
“Hunter vs. Gatherer” was my reply.
I’d rather be beaten with a stick than “shop” with my wife, especially groceries. Just shoot me!
Trying to shop with Mr. GG2 standing by tapping his toe is like water torture. The only place we shop together is Pro Bass. :-)
LOL! Actually I’m the non-gambling spouse, well the less gambling spouse (I get real bored when I’m not winning). I see others with that same look that I get on my face. They could give us a nice place to hang out, some drinks, computer to log on to FR...
I bet it would make them money in the long run!
Mr. RR is also retired.....and I guess he looks forward to the diversion of Mall shopping. Too cold now for golf and gold prospecting. (his two hobbies). Like you, I just can’t say NO. But the absolute worst is grocery shopping. He thinks he is doing me a favor by pushing the cart. I want to push my own darn cart!. He complains because I zig-zag all over Safeway and he can’t keep up. He throws every “goodie” known to man in the cart.............and then wonders why the bill is so high.
He is suffering from some cardiac problems and I know that at some time in the future, I will wish he were still here to “push the cart”.
Personally I dont drag my husband out with me while I shop. I really dont want to tag after him while he looks at tools or electronics or Jeep stuff, so why would I expect him to enjoy accompanying me to buy clothes/makeup, etc.?
Sad but true. I am the ONLY female I know who HATES to shop. Always did; always will.
Slight correction to your post. It would not make the casino more money. Your spouse would hit the big jackpot.
“Taking a husband shopping is akin to hunting with the game warden.”
Meeting my GF at 6 Pm is code for “meet me at 9 PM, and bring cash.”
“Sad but true. I am the ONLY female I know who HATES to shop. Always did; always will.
I don’t like to shop either:) But my husband spends more time walking around in stores than I ever could. He remembers all the prices elsewhere when he does the food shopping and knows how to save a buck.
Don’t ever enter the golf shop with him without a crowbar...to pry him outa there!
No matter what, all those beautiful attendants WILL be 50 someday and WILL be as haggy, baggy, saggy and as annoying as the rest of the women of the world.
ALL MEN LOVE them. ALL YOUNG WOMEN love them. Aren't they CUTE??? We older women DON'T love them because we were there once, with all the guys drooling over us. Doesn't last, ladies. ALL the men will STOP looking at you one of these days.
True story: I was walking by this 90 year old man one day. Usually I ignore them like the young men and chickypoos ignore ME. But this time I LOOKED at him.
Haha, he was gazing up at me with such love, desire and admiration! Just the way men USED to gaze at ME. Deja vu all over again. (Thank you, Yogi Berra.)
Now there are TWO females on the planet who don't like to shop. I do have to admit that your husband is UNIQUE.
My husband hated to shop and we NEVER went unless it was OBLIGATORY for something absolutely essential.
He was a FABULOUS golfer, absolutely NATURAL talent and he wouldn't walk into a golf shop. Play the game? Of course. Golf shops? Not a chance.
to keep them from leaping to their deaths?
“Your spouse would hit the big jackpot.”
LOL, from your keyboard to God’s ears!
Since many malls are half-empty these days...
I think what happens, at least with me, is that I go into a store with a mental picture of what it is I want, more or less. I quickly scan what’s there, and as soon as I see a close match, it’s like a trigger fires and I buy it. Then I go. I don’t think women are inclined to shop that way.
Maybe every mall could have 2 rooms set aside, one for DUmmies with rubber walls and one for normal people with talk radio and high-speed internet with FR as the homepage
Another female here who hates to shop, including for groceries. My DH does the food shopping probably 90% of the time and he LOVES it, especially Wegmans. If I have to go, I’ll get what we need for the immediate future, occasionally will go to stock up on “personal” things and that’s it (well, maybe grab some extra TP, as one can never have enough of that)
I also have no great love of shoes and I have rarely owned more than one functioning purse/handbag at a time. When the one I have starts to fall apart, I get something else, but not more than $30, if that. I have to borrow those little clutch-y things for formal stuff, luckily my mother-in-law has a ton of ‘em.
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