These folks need a hobby…
The guns aren’t loaded, the money’s fake and the kidnappers aren’t really criminals.
But for many thrill-seekers, the rush of “extreme kidnapping” is very real.
“In terms of the industry — kidnapping for entertainment — it’s a niche,” Adam Thick, who runs the Detroit-based business Extreme Kidnapping, told MLive.com.
Adrenaline junkies pay Thick and his co-kidnappers up to thousands of dollars for the experience of being abducted.
A four-hour “econo-kidnapping” costs $500.
It takes only eight seconds for Thick and his crew to abduct someone — usually blindfolding the “victim” and throwing him or her into a van at gunpoint. They’re driven to a secret location, where carefully executed torture tactics are played out — they can range from waterboarding to beating.
Before the staged kidnapping, Thick’s clients fill out a form about how much they’re willing to endure. They also pick a safe word.
A GQ reporter who tested the experience wrote he was forced to listen to Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” at least twenty times in a row. His hands were cuffed, his ankles, thighs and chest duct-taped to a chair, and he was shot with a stun gun and hit with floodlights.
He was “freed” after his editor wired $100,000 in fake cash to Thick’s crew.
Thick, who launched Extreme Kidnapping more than 10 years ago, said he got the idea from the 1997 thriller “The Game,” starring Michael Douglas as an investment banker tangled up in a kidnapping “game.”
Thick hopes recent publicity helps him score a reality TV show.
Experts worry fake kidnappings could create a problem for law enforcement, especially if civilians see the abduction take place and think it’s real.
“What you’ve done here is create a situation where both the police, the victims and the fake bad guy could be harmed,” said ABC News analyst and former FBI special agent Brad Garrett.
Two weeks ago, the “kidnapping” of a couple in Washington Heights made headlines when it turned out to be a birthday prank.
This must be some isht that white folks are into, no way a ninja pays money to get “kidnapped”.
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