The Chinese have just upped the ante in regards to how they allow their people to shop and, surprisingly, it's for the better!
Allow me to introduce you to the simple concept of Husband Storeroom. Translated from "laogong jicun chu", which literally translates into 'Husband Cloakroom'
Now, if you're anything like me, I don't mind shopping for short periods of time. I usually know what I want, and am not prone to idly amble through copious amounts of wares just for the sake of it. However, there are times where I find my patience wearing thin as those I'm with perhaps begin to enjoy the painstaking experience of looking at everything the store could possibly offer, and in cases like this I sure as hell wish we had a communal waiting room like this!
Offering free internet, some also go so far as to include food and drink, while others provide the simple necessities, such as a seat away from the girlfriend/wife as they're busy doing their thing. I know that if I had the option of rocking up to a comfortable waiting area, as opposed to those awkwardly, and sporadically, placed chairs that are in such high demand in places like Marks & Spencers or John Lewis here in the UK, so that I could simply read something on my iPad, or play my PS Vita, or check up on Twitter, or do something, anything, that isn't simply following around the little lady blindly, I would take it!
On the flip side, you could always just go wait in a coffee shop; though that comes with the obvious unspoken responsibility of buying coffee (even if you're not wanting any) in order to justify your taking up a space there, something the Husband Cloakroom doesn't subscribe to.
What do you guys think, could we learn something from the approach the Chinese have taken towards shopping and the ethical treatment of husbands/boyfriends? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Steve Russell // @stevetendo