An idea whose #@$! time has come: A swearing hotline where callers can vent
posted at 1:34 pm on July 27, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
Schimpf-los: That’s German for “go ahead and hurl insults.” It’s also the name of one of the cleverest innovations to come along since the invention of the telephone.
Two German entrepreneurs have devised a way for passive-aggressive citizens to blow off some steam—dial a telephone number and give the person on the other end a verbal lashing.
The service sells for 1.49 euros per minute, which works out to about $1.84 according to today’s exchange rates. It costs more than your typical quarter-a-swear “swearing jar” but is infinitely more satisfying.
Ralf Schulte, co-founder of the hotline, which has live operators standing by 24/7, explains that the service is no-fault:
We don’t judge people who are angry. It happens. It’s natural. With us you can blow off steam, no strings attached.
Schimpf-los grew not surprisingly out of its creators own stressful daily routines. But in Schulte’s view, it’s more than just a momentary release of pent-up aggravation. “If you’re stressed out at work,” he notes, “you go home and your partner gets an earful. Even though it’s not her fault.”
Schulte and his partner, Alexander Brandenburger, have left no stone unturned. When callers get cold feet or fail to show multisyllabic creativity in their cursing, operators are trained to bring out the rage with provocations like: “That’s the third time I’ve heard that today—is that all you’ve got?”
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