Along with scanning the shelves for the latest bargain whilst you shop you can now hire a girlfriend too, as long as you’re in China. This is one of the more eye-catching examples of the country’s all-encompassing shared economy.
The Vitality City shopping complex in Heyuan City in South China’s Guangdong Province is offering up women who will pose as your girlfriend at a cost of 1 RMB which is equivalent to Rs 10 for 20 minutes.
At the centre, 15 women stand on podiums, it is claimed, and you can select the one you like the look of. Willing people only need to scan a QR code on their mobiles to pay the fee.
People didn’t just have to go shopping but could also ask the women to go out for lunch or on dates. If after 20 minutes the person decides not to carry on then the women – who are all models – simply return to their podium and if the person wish to continue they can pay the price again for another 20 minutes.
However, two rules exist — no one is allowed to touch them and they are not allowed to be taken outside the premises.