Are you having a bad day? We have all been there and sometimes we just want to release all of our frustrations, anger and stress. But where does one turn to? If you're in Germany, you can scream and insult a telephone operator at Schimpf-los.
Verbally lashing out in public cannot be done no matter how upset one may be – certainly those stress balls no longer have the same kind of relief. For the average, quiet and polite individual, who would prefer to take his or her anger out on something privately, there is a safe, secure and anonymous outlet.
In Germany, two entrepreneurs, Raif Schulte and Alexander Brandburger, established Schimpf-los, German for “swear away.” It’s a hotline that is comprised of operators that are available seven days a week to be shouted at, threatened, jeered and/or insulted – anything that would help alleviate the anxiety in your life.
According to the company website, it costs 1.49 euros per minute, which the owners say is “a bargain.”
“We don't judge people who are angry,” said Schulte in an interview with Reuters. “It happens. It's natural. With us you can blow off steam no strings attached. If you're stressed out at work, you go home and your partner gets an earful. Even though it’s not her fault.”
If the caller gets tongue-tied or stumbles in the middle of the call, an operator may prompt him or her with something antagonizing, such as, “That's the third time I've heard that today – is that all you've got?”
The hotline’s Facebook page has 127 Likes.