The gig economy will rent you a friend (stranger without a background check) for cash!

Proving that latter capitalism should be destroyed, you can now rent friends (strangers) for a one-time cash payment.

 

 

If you know what you’re looking for (or even if you don’t know what you’re looking for), the internet will provide. Objects aren’t the only thing you can rent now; friends are available for loan at a website called RentAFriend

Proving that the gig economy is well and truly eating itself, the website lets, you guessed it, users rent a ‘friend’ for an hourly rate, typically between 20 and 50 an hour. Whether you need a date to a work event, a companion at the museum or a local to show you around a new city, RentAFriend can link you with any number of people, male or female, to keep you company.

Don’t plan on swiping right though; the website is adamant that their platform is strictly platonic, and nothing more. 

“There are plenty of dating websites out there. When I started Rent-A-Friend I wanted it to be the opposite of a dating website,” Scott Rosenbaum, the creator of the website, told KTNV.

Nikki Souza joined the service in order to make some extra cash. “It sort of feels like you’re a private tour guide. Essentially you meet with people and you’re like hey, let me know you my city let me show you the things that I love.” She also added that one man did break the rules and asked for her hand in marriage in order to stay in the country…but he wasn’t successful.

 

Just like all things when it comes to the internet, you should exercise caution, no matter what side of the service you’re on. RentAFriend doesn’t run background checks and transactions are carried out in cash.

 

Just like all things when it comes to the internet, you should exercise caution, no matter what side of the service you’re on. RentAFriend doesn’t run background checks and transactions are carried out in cash.

“I won’t go to someone’s private location. I won’t go to someone’s room. I won’t go anywhere where there aren’t other people around,” Souza told KTNV.

This positions RentAFriend as more of a central listing website to connect people, rather than a company that is there to facilitate every aspect of the transaction.

Should be fine. Who doesn’t want to be slain this holiday season?

 

 

 

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