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Some Chinese Malls Have “Husband Storage” Facilities for the Shopping-Averse
Smithsonian ^ | JANUARY 8, 2014 | Rachel Nuwer

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 men—or, 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" facilities—also 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.


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1 posted on 01/12/2014 3:42:43 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I wish I had money to go to the mall.


2 posted on 01/12/2014 3:45:42 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: nickcarraway

No ball pit??? Rip off!!

3 posted on 01/12/2014 3:46:46 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: nickcarraway

Taking a husband shopping is akin to hunting with the game warden.


4 posted on 01/12/2014 3:47:07 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: nickcarraway

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.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 3:48:27 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: nickcarraway

We have those guy’s ‘stoorage’ rooms here also, but we call ‘em...BARS!


6 posted on 01/12/2014 3:48:33 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

So true.


7 posted on 01/12/2014 3:49:12 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Rushmore Rocks

So it’s better for both if you avoid it?


8 posted on 01/12/2014 3:50:07 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2520753/Chinese-boyfriend-jumped-death-girlfriend-insisted-going-clothes-shop.html


9 posted on 01/12/2014 3:52:08 PM PST by digger48
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10 posted on 01/12/2014 3:52:46 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Rushmore Rocks
LOL!!!
11 posted on 01/12/2014 3:54:17 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: nickcarraway

Beautiful attendants? I'm in.

12 posted on 01/12/2014 3:54:59 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nickcarraway

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?


13 posted on 01/12/2014 3:55:02 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: nickcarraway

WE have them too; they are called bars.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 3:57:19 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: nickcarraway

Casinos need these for non-gambling spouses, of both sexes!


15 posted on 01/12/2014 3:57:51 PM PST by jocon307
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To: nickcarraway
Shooting range. Indoor, outdoor, doesn't matter. Big gun shop attached. Every mall needs one.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

16 posted on 01/12/2014 3:58:30 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: nickcarraway

“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. !


17 posted on 01/12/2014 3:58:36 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Jonty30
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.

There's an easier way. It's called a debit card, which stops working when you have spent the monthly allocation.

18 posted on 01/12/2014 3:59:22 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: nickcarraway

Two things you never hear a man say...

1. Hey honey, let’s go shoe shopping.
2. Censored.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 3:59:25 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: faithhopecharity
Sounds like our communist Chinese “ friends” are far better capitalists than the local American mall operators. Yes

"See a need, fill a need."

20 posted on 01/12/2014 4:00:19 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

So true!


21 posted on 01/12/2014 4:00:23 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Jonty30

LOL!!!


22 posted on 01/12/2014 4:01:00 PM PST by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


23 posted on 01/12/2014 4:02:11 PM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: jocon307

You me instead of the non-gambling spouse always saying let’s go when you are winning.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 4:03:48 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: dfwgator

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 !


25 posted on 01/12/2014 4:04:19 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: faithhopecharity
Every mall seems to have a mattress store.

You mean "Dog Kennels."


26 posted on 01/12/2014 4:05:45 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Rushmore Rocks

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.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 4:09:19 PM PST by madison10 ( Taking a husband shopping is akin to hunting with the game warden.)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 4:12:09 PM PST by madison10 ( Taking a husband shopping is akin to hunting with the game warden.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


29 posted on 01/12/2014 4:15:00 PM PST by Tailback
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To: Rushmore Rocks

I’d rather be beaten with a stick than “shop” with my wife, especially groceries. Just shoot me!


30 posted on 01/12/2014 4:16:07 PM PST by packrat35 (Pelosi is only on loan to the world from Satan. Hopefully he will soon want his baby killer back)
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To: beandog

Trying to shop with Mr. GG2 standing by tapping his toe is like water torture. The only place we shop together is Pro Bass. :-)


31 posted on 01/12/2014 4:18:03 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

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!


32 posted on 01/12/2014 4:19:14 PM PST by jocon307
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To: madison10

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”.


33 posted on 01/12/2014 4:27:33 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: nickcarraway

Personally I don’t drag my husband out with me while I shop. I really don’t 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.?


35 posted on 01/12/2014 4:45:58 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Jonty30
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.

GOOD one.

36 posted on 01/12/2014 5:00:24 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: dfwgator
Mission: Go to Gap, Buy a Pair of Pants.

Sad but true. I am the ONLY female I know who HATES to shop. Always did; always will.
Malls: BLARK!!

37 posted on 01/12/2014 5:02:37 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: martin_fierro

GREAT pic!


38 posted on 01/12/2014 5:03:15 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: jocon307

Slight correction to your post. It would not make the casino more money. Your spouse would hit the big jackpot.


39 posted on 01/12/2014 5:04:38 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

“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.”


40 posted on 01/12/2014 5:05:15 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: cloudmountain

“Sad but true. I am the ONLY female I know who HATES to shop. Always did; always will.
Malls: BLARK!!”

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!


41 posted on 01/12/2014 5:06:12 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: faithhopecharity
“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. !

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.)

42 posted on 01/12/2014 5:11:32 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Beowulf9
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 I don’t like to shop either:)

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.

43 posted on 01/12/2014 5:18:40 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: nickcarraway

Comfort Ladies?


44 posted on 01/12/2014 5:19:59 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: nickcarraway

to keep them from leaping to their deaths?


45 posted on 01/12/2014 5:22:21 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

“Your spouse would hit the big jackpot.”

LOL, from your keyboard to God’s ears!


46 posted on 01/12/2014 5:23:13 PM PST by jocon307
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To: nickcarraway

Since many malls are half-empty these days...


47 posted on 01/12/2014 5:24:10 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: dfwgator

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.


48 posted on 01/12/2014 5:24:29 PM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: PUGACHEV

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


49 posted on 01/12/2014 5:28:37 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: cloudmountain

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.


50 posted on 01/12/2014 5:38:27 PM PST by twyn1
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