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Not beyond the pal

In a world where everything is up for sale, friendship is the latest on the shelf. If you’re feeling in need of someone to yammer to who won’t give you advice that you don’t want, Rentafriend.com is just a click away.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2010 23:25 IST

The fictional American ranter-in-chief Archie Bunker was prophetic when he said, “I got a lotta friends. Some o’ them I don’t even hardly know.” In a world where everything is up for sale, friendship is the latest on the shelf. If you’re feeling in need of someone to yammer to who won’t give you advice that you don’t want, Rentafriend.com is just a click away.

To many of us who cherish the lifelong bonds we have nurtured with our buddies, this may seem gross. But, this could just be the answer in a world pressed for time.

Take a close look at your friends. You have to spend large parts of your life listening to their troubles, picking up their pieces when they fall apart, have the mandatory bonding sessions every week and, worse, find it hard to shake them off when you’ve outgrown them. Rentafriend gets rid of all this because when you pay the pal, you call the tune.

If you are looking for someone to stand by you through thick and thin, then maybe you’ll have to shell out a bit more. If you still think we are being cynical, here’s another scenario for you. You have planned a day out with your best friend. You’d like to get your teeth into a kebab or two while your refined friend wants health food. You want to see a romantic tearjerker but your friend wants to see an Estonian documentary.

When you’ve rented a pal, the pal pretty much likes what you like. For those paying criminal charges to psychoanalysts, the hired friend might be a cheaper option. Rented friends will not be able to steal your spouse/partner because they won’t be around long enough. And you can forget their birthdays without getting the cold shoulder for months afterwards. Come on, aren’t you just a little tempted at the thought of friendship without strings? If you’re known by the company you keep, at least ensure that for a few dollars, you get it right.