If you've got a couple hundred bucks to burn and a masochistic streak, then maybe it's time to check out a Detroit business that promises to give the thrill of a real-life abduction.
That's right, in a city with more than its fair share of true crime, the founder of Extreme Kidnapping is looking for customers to pay him to be kidnapped.
"This service caters to the extreme sports adventurer who is bored with what's currently available; this takes it to a whole other level," says entrepreneur Adam Thick aka in the rap world as Mr. Scrillion. "If you don't feel like you're really being kidnapped and your life is in danger, then we're not doing our job."
Extreme Kidnapping had a low profile for years until a GQ writer signed on to get shanghaied and merrily recalled his night in captivity.
For $1,500 Drew Magary was handcuffed, duct taped, soaked, slapped and zapped with a stun gun (and more) by Thick, a convicted counterfeiter and his henchmen.
There are more economic experiences available that might appeal to shoppers who are cautious about passing a night in a dingy basement. Thick customizes each abduction and unlike an old-fashioned kidnapping, an Extreme Therapy hostage has the ability to call off the goons and abort the torture at any moment by uttering a preselected safe word.
As a memento, all customers get a video of willingly being held against their will.
The Michael Douglass film "The Game" provided the idea for Extreme Kidnapping.
The company's motto might as well be, "It should be against the law to have this much fun."
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