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There Is Now a Room Where You Can Pay to Break Shit

A new business opened on Tuesday in Boise where you can pay “to engage in recreational destruction.”

by Olivia Becker
Apr 17 2014, 4:45pm

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If you're in Idaho and looking for something stronger than just a drink to relieve stress after a long day at work, you’re in luck. A new business opened on Tuesday in Boise where the sole purpose is to let customers go into a room and break shit. And they’ll clean up the mess.

Das Breakroom’s website describes the business as a place “to engage in recreational destruction.”

“In the three days since we’ve been open we’ve had four parties and 20 individuals come in,” Thomas Farrenkopf, the founder of Das Breakroom told VICE News. “People really enjoy it. It’s a safe environment to relieve stress where someone else will clean up the mess.”

Das Breakroom offers both party and individual packages where it costs $3 per item, and $35 for groups. There is also a daily “Das Happy Hour,” both in the morning and in evenings, which offers discounted prices if customers want to stop in on their way to or from work. No booze is served, though, and they discourage visitors to arrive drunk. If you want to stop in the morning and at night during happy hours, you’ll only pay $5 to smash two items to bookend your workday.

Farrenkopf said he created Das Breakroom because he felt the need for a safe space for people to release their stress and anger. After posing it to his friends, who were excited by the idea, Farrenkopf decided to do it.

"I wish I had something like this when I was younger, as a safe space to relieve my stress," he said.

You can break pretty much anything — either by bringing in your own items or using the ones there. Das Breakroom provides items such as dishes, vacuums, furniture, and electronics such as copiers, fax machines, printers and computer monitors. Dishes are particularly popular, according to Farrenkopf. And they provide the sledgehammers and baseball bats.

The most common item people have brought in has been sentimental items from previous relationships, such as pictures and old gifts, Farrenkopf said.

The biggest and strangest thing Farrenkopf has seen so far has been a church organ. “That took 10 people two hours. I actually just finished cleaning that up,” he said.

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