When we came up with the idea for PayDateAuction.com, we knew that getting paid to date would be considered by some as a taboo way to make money. However, our market research uncovered far more unusual services that people get paid for. Did you know that there are those among us who snuggle or kidnap for a living? After you read about the truly bizarre services that people get paid to do, you’ll likely come to the same conclusion that we did, getting paid to date is a pretty sweet gig!
At The Snuggery
you can hire someone to snuggle you. On their website, thesnuggery.org, they describe the health and relaxation benefits of snuggling. If you’re yearning to be snuggled the next time you’re New York City you can hire Colleen or Jacqueline, who are both college educated women, to snuggle with you. A 90 minute session is $90.
If you would like to be kidnapped the next time you’re in Detroit, you can pay Adam Thick of Extreme Kidnapping
to hold you captive for four hours. But wait there’s more, the $200 fee includes a ransom phone call or a “proof of life video”. Extreme Kidnapping reminds me of the “gift” that Michael Douglas’s character received from his brother in the 1997 movie “The Game”. I find it particularly ironic that this service is offered in Detroit, the 2nd deadliest city in America with 54.6 murders per every 100,000 citizens. When being a victim of a real crime is a genuine concern, I can’t understand why anyone would want to pay for the experience.
3. Apply tanning lotion
, South Beach employs a “tanning butler” to ensure that their guests stay bronzed and beautiful. You don’t have to worry about those hard to reach spots in the middle of your back when the tanning butler is near, he’ll take care of that for you. I noticed that the picture of Ritz Carlton’s tanning butler looks a lot like Henry Cavill--what a wonderful bonus!
4. Pick up Dog Poop
In my opinion, paying someone to pick up your dog’s poop is worth every penny. Doodycalls.com
charges $12 per service and recommends twice weekly pet waste removal. I’m not a dog owner but every time I see someone picking up his dog’s waste, I’m reminded of my absolute favorite Seinfeld monologue:
“On my block, a lot of people walk their dogs and I always see them walking along with their little poop bags. This, to me, is the lowest activity in human life. Following a dog with a little scooper. Waiting for him to go so you can walk down the street with it in your bag. If aliens are watching this through telescopes, they're going to think the dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?”
5. Make someone look Famous
Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be famous? Celeb4aday.com
can supply you with your own personal paparazzi for a day. Their camera man get paid to follow you around and snap photos everywhere you go as if you were Justin Beiber. Or better yet, you could take your paparazzi experience to the next level by acting like Alec Baldwin and get into a scuffle with your hired photags to further the illusion that you’re a celebrity. But do yourself a favor and don’t follow up your paparazzi filled day with Amanda Byrnes style tweets.
6. Be Your Grandma
At Rent a Grandma
, you can hire a caring woman who will act as your child’s Grandma. What?! Actually, a closer inspection of their website reveals that they just came up with a catchy name for their business of in-home care providers. Wondering whether you can actually call the babysitter or nanny your hire from rentagrandma.com “Grandma”? I think you might want to err on the side of caution and ask first.
7. Get you to the front of Disney Lines
In May 2013, the New York Post
, broke the story of rich Manhattan moms who hire handicapped tour guides so kids can cut lines at Disney World. According to the article, black-market Disney guides run $130 and hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day. There was a huge backlash against these 1% Moms. Haters are going to hate right? I actually feel like there are a lot of benefits here of which the article didn’t point out. These are handicapped people who are making a good living spending the day at the “Happiest Place on Earth”. I think it’s a pretty good gig for the disabled tour guides. Additionally, the spoiled children who are cutting the line are most likely obnoxious as hell and would probably drive the other 99% crazy if they didn’t take the handicapped tour guide short cut. I personally hope that this unjust system continues so that all of those handicapped tour guides to the 1% keep their jobs.
8. Get a Tattoo
A New York City real estate company, Rapid Realty
, gave employees a 15% pay raise to get a tattoo of the company logo. Well, I guess that is one way to get your employees to bond! According to CBS New York, as of April 30, 2013, forty employees jumped at the chance to permanently ink their bodies with tattoos. Hmmm, I wonder which one of our employees will get a PayDateAuction.com logo to his or her forehead?