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Rent a Friend: Buy Friendship at Rentafriend

Money Can Buy Friendship, but Will People Buy It?

Rentafriend is a poorly done website with a dream: rent out "friends" for $10 an hour. Maybe it's more companionship than friendship, but it's paid-for company and it's friendly.

Not that friendly though. Rentafriend insists it's not a dating site or escort service. In fact, anyone caught seeking more is removed from the site.

Despite its scrupulous ethics, this Japanese-born idea may not take flight in the US and UK. A writer at the Guardian rented his very own friend for an afternoon. Only he quickly learned the 27-year-old actor was a paid-friend virgin. It's hardly surprising, though, when you consider this discrepancy: 200,000 people are signed up to be rental friends, while only 2,000 are registered friend seekers.

Could anything be more awkward? At least if you pay for sex, you don't have to figure out what you're going to do!

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skigurl skigurl 7 years
you're freakin right that website sucks. I tried to go on it for fun, but it was so slow I just closed it. the most pure gold thing I saw, though, was when I searched, the first friend who popped up was named DRAGON. sweet.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
lamesville the only thing i could see this being somewhat cool for is like renting a friend if you're new to a city or something and you want a cool person to take you out on the town and show you cool bars or something but like i'm not saying that's any less lame, it's just one thing i could see this accomplishing imagine being so lame that you needed someone to walk with you around town on a saturday afternoon or something?
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