They say there's no rehearsal for parenthood, but one young man begs to differ. For $300 a week, Stanley Robinson of Lexington, Kentucky will visit the homes of couples considering having children and pretend to be their teenage son.
A Reddit user saw a flyer for Robinson's "Rent A Teenager" business and shared a picture of it on the site this week. "Thinking about having kids? Ever wonder what it's like to have a teenager in the house? RENT ME!" The flyer also notes that in addition to the $300 fee, the prospective parents must provide room and board, snacks and "bail money (if needed)."
The Huffington Post emailed the AOL account listed on the flyer to find out more about the young, erm, entrepreneur and his business. It turns out Stanley Robinson is a 23-year-old actor, but although he's in his twenties, he insisted in his email, "I can embody the spirit of a teenager perfectly." Robinson is out of school and launched the "Rent A Teenager" business about eight months ago.
So far, the teen-by-trade notes that he's had five different clients and is very amenable to their needs. "If they want a child that misbehaves, I'll just cause trouble all of the time," he told The Huffington Post. "Fight with my parents, sneak out, drink their liquor, etc. If they'd like a typical well-behaved teenager, I'll play a lot of video games and eat pizza the entire time." Robinson also added that one couple had taken him to visit colleges. "That was super weird," he said. "Fun too."
The actor was inspired to start his Rent-A-Teenager business after being cast as a teen in a play and receiving positive feedback for his performance. "After that, I just thought to myself, 'I bet I could make a business out of this.' So I did."
We can't help but wonder what his parents think about their son's entrepreneurial endeavor.