Need a friend? Website allows you to 'rent' a friend for the day

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Website allows you to 'rent' a friend for the day
Just like you can go online and rent furniture, a movie, or some clothing, now you can rent a friend.

LAS VEGAS -- What's the cost of friendship? According to the website, it's about $25 an hour.

That's right, just like you can go online and rent furniture, a movie, or some clothing, you can rent a friend, KTNV reported.

If you don't want to go to a work event alone or if you've been dying to go see a concert but have no one to enjoy it with, Nikki Souza is your go-to girl. You just have to pay her $30 an hour.

"It sort of feels like you're a private tour guide. Essentially you meet with people and you're like hey, let me show you my city, let me show you the things that I love," Souza said.

Souza joined Rent-A-Friend in 2013 to make some extra cash. Since then, she's been on dozens of adventures with total strangers.

"It's a cool way to make money and you kind of feel good about helping other people who are on vacation who would otherwise be alone," Souza added.

Scott Rosembaum, creator of Rent-A-Friend, says you won't be swiping right. Business should remain strictly platonic.

"There are plenty of dating websites out there. When I started Rent-A-Friend I wanted it to be the opposite of a dating website," Rosembaum said.

Souza did have one man try to break the rules by asking her hand in marriage so he could stay in the country. There were no wedding bells there.

Just like anything else on the internet, it's up to you to stay safe and know your limits.

"I won't go to someone's private location. I won't go to someone's room. I won't go anywhere where there aren't other people around," Souza said.

The website doesn't run background checks and most transactions are done in cash.

Rosenbaum said they do ask members to follow some safety recommendations:

  • Always meet in public.
  • Watch your alcohol intake.
  • Make sure you have your own form of transportation.
  • Be up front about what a member or friend should be expecting when you plan to meet up.

Membership for Rent-A-Friend costs $24.95 a month or $69.95 a year. Members can charge anywhere from $20 to $50 for their services.