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July 24, 2021

New site lets you rent a friend for $10/hour

Body odour. Swastika tattoo. A propensity to watch Two and a Half Men.

Crude depictions, yes, but all of these could be viable reasons you don’t have friends.

Yet, if you’re looking and have the cash – $10 an hour, that is – don’t fret. Introducing: RentAFriend.com.

I happened to stumble across this latest social networking attempt on the Web this week, catching an article highlighting RentAFriend.com’s founder in the Daily Telegraph.

The site, as you might have extrapolated, is just as its name suggests: it’s an eHarmony/Lavalife/Plenty of Fish-type domain for everything except dating and sex. Just … friendship.

“No one was offering friendship,” said Scott Rosenbaum, the site’s U.S. founder, telling the Daily Telegraph he wants his network to “go a step back” from other romance-inspired sites to create something “strictly platonic.” 1181306_jumping_couple_2

Of course, RentAFriend.com isn’t quite  like the aforementioned sites, in that you actually have to pay to interact with any people you might meet. This isn’t to say you don’t pay on other sites. On eHarmony, for example, you’ll dole out as much as $60/month to join but, after that, your interactions with other site members are at your own discretion.

With RentAFriend, you pay a fee (about $25/month) to join, but after that, you’re supposed to literally rent that person at an hourly wage. Ten bucks is the prescribed rate, though as the site says, some members’ fees “are negotiable.”

Now, we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether a) this is a site designed to facilitate meaningful, lasting, platonic friendships, or b) it’s really just a kind of friend-prostitute hook-up that you can access for $10/hour.

In any case, I highly recommend you type in your postal code (RentAFriend serves Canada, too) just to see what gems the site suggests you hire for an hourly friend date.

Personally, I’m eligible to meet up with Theodore, a 55-year-old bespectacled beardo from Toronto who likes comedy and “can easily make people laugh.” He’s available for such activities as swimming, shopping, hanging out or giving personal advice.

Seriously, this is a legitimate website. No, really.

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...