A mall in China has installed “husband storage” pods for men who would rather play video games than shop around with their wives.
The Global Harbor mall, located in Shanghai, equipped each glass pod with a chair and a computer system that features games from the 90s.
The four pods distributed around the mall have been operating for nearly a month and are currently free to use, but manufacturing staff told The Paper that a “perfect version” will soon be charging money.
One man named Mr. Wu, among those who have tried the service, praised the mall’s creativity, saying that it’s beneficial to both him and his partner.
Others are looking forward to see improvements, particularly with ventilation.
“This pod is not perfect because the space is relatively closed and there is no ventilation and air conditioning. I sat inside for five minutes to sweat,” one customer said.
Meanwhile, netizens on Chinese social media have mixed reactions about the novel service.
According to BBC, one user said that the pods “give these men an incentive to go shopping, and to pick up the bill” for their shopping wives.
Interestingly, one wife pointed out the obvious, “If my husband just wants to go out and play games, what’s the point of bringing him out?”
What do you think about these husband storage pods?