One day rental of a Glastron Ski boat in Austin, Texas? $300. Renting a friend in a strange city? $10 per hour. Finding a bathroom in a time of need in New York City? Well, you know. But this is not your father’s NYC anymore. Thanks to an about to be launched app called, CLOO, a private bathroom can be your public bathroom – for a fee. CLOO is community plus loo, grown-up diapers, no longer necessary. “CLOO’ is a community of registered users who choose to share their bathrooms and make city-living easier, while earning a small profit. Using social media connections, CLOO’ shows what friends you have in common with the host, turning a stranger’s loo into a friend of a friend’s loo.” And the bathrooms are fully stocked thanks to partnerships with toilet paper makers. Everybody “goes.” And while “No Public Restrooms” signs may be a slap in the face of that universal truth, CLOO comes to the rescue.
As it turns out, the latest way to use social media is to rent other people’s stuff, or other people, as the case may be. And yes, you can rent a friend at the rentafriend.com site. It’s more like a “wingman,” someone to hold your hand as you traverse a new city, or a familiar city on your own. But it’s not someone to hold your hand as in a date – at least not intentionally so. Additionally, there is snapgoods.com and loanables.com which let you rent just about anything from just about anybody. You can also rent out your stuff. If you’re too busy, you can offer up Fido for rent to a loving, petless couple who promise to dish out love, care and a good game of fetch, along with a few bucks for your next pet store visit. Rent your neighbor’s car or rent your car to the neighbors. Rent tools. Rent out storage space in your attic. Rent an amp for a jam session. “Own less, do more,” say the people at snaprentals.com. It’s not everywhere you want to be just yet, but it could be.
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