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Rage Rooms: A Place Where Respectable Adults Can Smash Stuff

Jennifer Wing

This story originally aired on March 31, 2018.

Sometimes, you just want to smash. 

Credit Gabriel Spitzer / KNKX
Gabriel Spitzer and Jennifer Wing, all suited up and ready to destroy.

Who hasn’t fantasized about taking out their frustrations with, say, a baseball bat or a sledge hammer? 

Of course, this sort of thing is frowned upon in polite society. But there are places around the country where you can pay money to release the beast within, with some degree of safety and without having to clean up the mess: “rage rooms.”  

Sound Effect’s Jennifer Wing and Gabriel Spitzer visited one of these businesses, Rage Industry in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood. And they quickly discovered that there’s nothing quite so clarifying as pulverizing some beer bottles, mason jars and ceramic knick-knacks. 

Jennifer Wing is a former KNKX reporter and producer who worked on the show Sound Effect and Transmission podcast.
Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.