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    The Ultimate In Our Throwaway Society: The Rent-A-Friend Social Network

    How sad our world has dropped to a new low of renting out a pseudo-friend for an hour:

    "....Ori Brafman, co-author of the book "Click: The Magic of Instant Connections," sees little point to the service. "The problem isn't Rentafriend per se, but rather what it symbolizes," he told MSNBC. "We purchase fleeting replacements because, as a society, we lack those close, meaningful bonds that are so essential....."

    Read more at Suite101: Rent A Friend Allows You To Buy Friendship http://www.suite101.com/content/rent...#ixzz12LoD83WX

    The above quote taken from: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37760576/

    See the website & judge for yourselves: http://www.rentafriend.com/

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    You know, this could be just the thing for some of my wife's relatives... do they do gift certificates?
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    I will accept payment from any of you here actually foolish enough to consider me a friend.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    What if your rental friend has scratches and won't play properly? Are there late fees? I'd be interested in a 3-D blu-ray friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I will accept payment from any of you here actually foolish enough to consider me a friend.
    Rubber Check is in the mail.

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    You can pay people to be your friends?

    Man, I've been doing it wrong all this time.
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    Rent a friend?
    I thought we've had that since money was invented.....ever hear of hookers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Rent a friend?
    I thought we've had that since money was invented.....ever hear of hookers?
    I know, right? I was just gonna mention that.

    you know, hypothetically.
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    I'd like to "rent an enemy" for some people I know.

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    I wonder if the University of Phoenix offers a certification course so that one can get licensed to be a rent-a-friend?
    Probably costs $20k.

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    meaningless sex WITH a fake friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    I'm not sure which should cost more: a fake friend or meaningless sex.
    Not sure what you mean.

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    wow. how do you decide who pays who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    meaningless sex WITH a fake friend.
    Fake friend with benefits?
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    Being full of crap and depositing it here consistently is really nothing to be proud of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    wow. how do you decide who pays who?
    whoever is most desperate?
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    And Jseis said, "Let him that isn't stoned commit the first sin."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Rent a friend?
    I thought we've had that since money was invented.....ever hear of hookers?
    Call friends?
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    I have all the friends I want at the bar until I run out of money. Does that count as renting friends?
    We have met the enemy and they is us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve0257 View Post
    I have all the friends I want at the bar until I run out of money. Does that count as renting friends?
    "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

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