For $375 a week, he can be your 'son'

For $375 a week, he can be your 'son'
Mr Stanley Robinson has had five clients so far.

He is an actor and claims he can do well in roles as "teenage sons".

So Kentucky-based Stanley Robinson set up a business to "become a teenage son" and visit homes of couples who are planning to have children. But it does not come free.

Interested parents must fork out not just US$300 (S$375) a week if they want Mr Robinson to be their son, US news portal Huffington Post reported.

They must also provide room and board, snacks and "bail money (if needed)".

Even though he is in his '20s, he told Huffington Post in an e-mail that he can "embody the spirit of a teenager perfectly".

Mr Robinson, who is out of school, launched the "Rent A Teenager" business about eight months ago.

He said he has had five clients so far and is very amenable to their needs.

"If they want a child who 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'd play a lot of video games and eat pizza the entire time."

He said one couple took him to visit colleges.

He said: "That was super weird. Fun too."

The actor was inspired to start his business after receiving positive feedback when he played a teen in a play.

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"After that, I just thought to myself, 'I bet I could make a business out of this.' So I did."

His business gained prominence after a Reddit user saw a flier for his "Rent A Teenager" business and shared a picture of it on the site this week.

The ad said: "Thinking about having kids? Ever wonder what it's like to have a teenager in the house? RENT ME!"

It is not known how Mr Robinson's parents feel about their son's business.


This article was first published on September 05, 2014.
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