- Title: Chinese mall saves men from shopping purgatory with "man pods"
- Date: 29th July 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) A 35-YEAR-OLD MAN, WU SAIJIN, WHO IS WAITING FOR HIS WIFE, SAYING: "Waiting happens when you feel like you have nothing to participate in. When she's buying something and I have no suggestion to make, this kind of waiting. Just waiting for time pass. It's just boring." SHANGHAI, CHINA (JULY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) YAO LEI WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND, WU YAPING, TRAVELLING ON ESCALATOR YAO AND WU WALKING TOWARDS MAN POD YAO GETTING INTO MAN POD
- Embargoed: 12th August 2017 07:35
- Keywords: video game pod Shanghai Chinese men shopping malls man pods resting spot women shop at ease men wait in peace
- Location: SHANGHAI, CHINA
- City: SHANGHAI, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0036RRS57D
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The prospect of being taken on an extended shopping trip by your other half is a nightmare faced by many men across the globe, and China is no exception.
Now in Shanghai one mall is seeking to make the experience a little less tedious by creating "man pods", a cubicle offering video games where women can deposit their boyfriends and husbands while they browse the shops.
The "man pods" had their soft launch in June. Since then over 1000 men have used the facilities, the owners of Ruwo Smart Technology say. While anyone can use the pods, the owners had men in mind when they were designed.
With retail spending increasing another 10 percent in the second quarter of 2017, there could be huge demand for such facilities.
At the moment, the pods are only available in one Shanghai mall, though the company behind them say they plan to expand to other shopping malls.
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