Neal: Del… Why did you kiss my ear?
Del: Why are you holding my hand?
Neal: [frowns] Where’s your other hand?
Del: Between two pillows…
Neal: Those aren’t pillows!
Trains Planes & Automobiles 1987
Do you believe a man would pay a woman $60 for a cuddle? There’s a story doing the rounds at the moment which suggests exactly that.
The Daily Mail reports:
She can make $260 a day and cuddles with up to 30 men a week – including pensioners and war veterans.
However, her business ‘The Snuggery’ has not gone unnoticed and her college has threatened to expel her – while others have called her a prostitute.
She said: ‘I think I was born knowing how to snuggle. Snuggling is healthy, spiritual and fun.
‘I think clients come to me for all different kinds of reasons. Some of my older clients, their wives have passed away, and they just need someone to be with, like someone to experience touch with.
‘Some of the younger clients are between relationships, some are in problematic relationships, and some people are just really curious and they come to just find out what it’s going to be like.’
Jackie advertises her services online and charges $60 an hour.
The cuddling can take place anywhere around her cottage in Rochester, New York, but most clients opt to use her large double bed.
They are banned from touching parts of her body covered by underwear, which she wears under pyjamas.
The business has done so well she has even hired another snuggling professional, Colleen.
Her apprentice has yet to take on a client by herself but has joined Jackie on two occasions in what they have termed a ‘double cuddle’.
Despite her strict rules on sexual activity, Jackie has received a barrage of emails and phone calls slamming her as a prostitute.
The story is notable because earlier last month a similar report emerged about ‘Soineya’, the Cuddle Cafe in Japan. According to Oddity Central:
Soineya opened its gates on September 25, in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, ground zero for electronics and pretty much anything nerdy. According to the unique establishment’s home page, it aims to offer customers “the simple and ultimate comfort of sleeping together with someone.” There’s even a list of things you’re allowed to do at Soineya, and their respective prices, because cuddling with a stranger isn’t free. Let’s take a look at the “menu”:
The standard cuddling course costs:
20 min – 3000 yen ($40)
40 min – 5000 yen ($65, only 3000 yen for first time visitors)
60 min – 6000 yen ($77)
2 hrs – 11000 yen ($142)
3 hrs – 16000 yen ($206)
4 hrs – 20000 yen ($258)
5 hrs – 25000 yen ($322)
6 hrs – 30000 yen ($387)
10 hrs – 50000 yen ($645)
Clients at Soineya (which literally translates as (literally, “sleep together shop) can also fork out ¥1,000 ($13) to pick out the girl they want to cuddle with, and and extra ¥500 ($6,50) for every hour of cuddling. And if simple cuddling just isn’t enough for you, there’s always the optional menu:
Customer sleeps in girl’s arm (3 min) – 1000 yen ($13)
Girl pats customer on the back (3 min) – 1000 yen ($13)
Customer pets girl on the head (3 min) – 1000 yen ($13)
Customer and girl stare at each other (1 min) – 1000 yen ($13)
Girl changes clothes (1 time) – 1000 yen ($13)
Girl gives customer foot massage (3 min) – 1000 yen ($13)
Customer gives girl foot massage (3 min) – 2000 yen ($26)
Customer sleeps with head on girl’s lap (3 min) – 1000 yen ($13)
Girl sleeps with head on customer’s lap (3 min) – 2000 yen ($26)
Add the ¥3,000 ($40) admission fee and you’re basically paying close to $80 just to lie in bed with a total stranger. Considering weird cafes tend to be pretty successful in Japan, the Soineya cafe could be yet another hit.
It’s a curiously appropriate meme for these unsettling times. I wonder if it will catch on?
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