husbands get a respite

BERLIN (Oct. 7) - German women fed up with their partners' grumbling on weekend shopping trips can now dump them at a special kindergarten for men offering beer and entertainment.

"The women are issued a receipt for their partners when they hand them in and can pick them up again when they return it to us later," Alexander Stein, manager of the 'Nox Bar' in the northern city of Hamburg told Reuters on Tuesday.

The men are given a name badge on arrival and for 10 euros ($11.80) they get two beers, a hot meal, televised football and games.

Stein said the idea for the Saturday afternoon men's creche, or "Maennergarten," came from a female customer who thought it would be a good way of getting shot of her husband so she could shop in peace.

"She found it all too stressful and thought this might be the solution. Both were very happy with the way it turned out.

"Last week the men had a remote control car to play with. Next week there's going to be a mini racetrack," said Stein.

They are also offering a drilling workshop.

"It beats sitting around in shoe shops, that's for sure," one man told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. - Reuters Limited
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My feeling is that the husbands were hen-pecked into going shopping with their wives in the first place. Most guys I know don't like shopping at all unless it involves a trip to an electronics or home-improvement store.

On the other hand, this is a lot like when my sister used to go clothes shopping when she was a teen. My dad didn't want to go into the stores with her and he wasn't about to let her go loose with money, so, while my sister looked around my father would park himself at the Sweetwater Saloon in the Mall drinking beers until she was ready. Then he'd head off with her look at what she wanted and said yea or nay.

Couples that can't understand the value of doing things apart, yet don't like the things the other person wants to do together?

Or maybe I'm feeling all "grrr, relationships, grrr" hostile. Bah.