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French Company Offers Kidnapping Vacations

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the all-tied-up dept.

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A French company is offering people the chance to get away from it all and be bound and gagged for a day. The company will abduct you without warning, and hold you prisoner for up to 10 hours. The kidnapping packages were among many unique vacations unveiled at the Tourism Futures conference in Brisbane.

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somebody has been watching... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32827290)

too many Michael Douglas movies.

bbbbfbfffxxvvrrt!!! (3, Funny)

drumcat (1659893) | more than 3 years ago | (#32827308)

*mumblemumble* I ddnt rr drr thz pckg dmmt *gasp*

Re:bbbbfbfffxxvvrrt!!! (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#32829146)

Oh, you're here early.

Re:bbbbfbfffxxvvrrt!!! (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#32836216)

Also makes a great surprise gift for someone else... say, somebody you don't like and wish to harass.

Or, depending on their speed and availability, they may be able to help you with the competition sitting next to you for the job you are applying for...

Re:bbbbfbfffxxvvrrt!!! (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#32836694)

Some folks were moving. The thieves showed up with a moving van, and borrowed towels from the neighbors to swipe the furniture.

The reference was that a mock kidnapping might be overtaken by a real one.

One of us got whooshed.

Well, that's one way to scare your friends. (1)

Irick (1842362) | more than 3 years ago | (#32827386)

"Guys! Guys, you've got to listen to me. I was snooping around online and i found it! It's going to change everything, i can't believe they've been able to cover it up for so lon-*gah!*" *screeching tires* "What the hell just happened?" On a more serious note i wonder what the logistics on that would be :P

Executive package (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32827412)

Now, for a few dollars more well hook a car battery to your nipples!!

Not New (1)

Kozz (7764) | more than 3 years ago | (#32827460)

I've heard that both Iran and North Korea already offer such vacations. With the luck of the draw, you might even benefit from the "presidential package" to secure your release. Very exciting, I'm sure.

Re:Not New (1, Flamebait)

mrops (927562) | more than 3 years ago | (#32828110)

In an effort to one up France, Iran and North Korea, US also started offering this vacation with a twist, not only do you get kidnapped but also tortured.

Re:Not New (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32828250)

well, in the US it would take a kidnapping to force an employer to agree to a day off for an employee

Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32827526)

That's the only way my employer will let me have a vacation, if someone abducts me! I get called back in every time I get a vacation approved.

Re:Awesome! (2, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 3 years ago | (#32828360)

That's the only way my employer will let me have a vacation, if someone abducts me! I get called back in every time I get a vacation approved.

It would be great if you could arrange the pickup as you're walking down the street with your boss.

"So yeah, I know you've got plane tickets but you'll have to come in on Saturday and ..."

*screech*

"That's him -- get him"

*grab, shove, drive*

"... what the fuck?"

Then when you come back tell him you have to take some personal time, and you'll be back in a few weeks.

Only if the 'kidnappers are dressed as Nazis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32827754)

Wow! You gotta love the French. Is the surrender package extra?

This being the French (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#32827886)

Is the kidnapping done by attractive blonds in black leather teddies? 'Cause if it is, then I might be interested...

Re:This being the French (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32829460)

Is the kidnapping done by attractive blonds in black leather teddies? 'Cause if it is, then I might be interested...

I'm sure he would do that for you, but its extra.

Re:This being the French (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#32830596)

I'm sure he would do that... Well, in that case, perhaps black leather chaps would be more appropriate...

Great gift idea (1)

karbyn-aceous (1204544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32827902)

Can I give this as a gift? I have some great people in mind who would love an extended version of this vacation. And I promise they will even play their part very well ... shouting, struggling and probaly even pretending to try and escape.

Re:Great gift idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32828352)

I saw a tv document of this service years ago and yes, you probably still can give the experience as a present unless it has been removed from the offering for the risks involved.

If I had a ex-girlfriend... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32828000)

If I had a ex-girlfriend... this is what I'd order for her :)
- But I read slashdot, so I doubt this will every come in handy...
</sarcasm>

So many questions... (1)

Jayws (1613285) | more than 3 years ago | (#32828082)

Is it as much fun if you know it's going to happen? I can't wait for the movie that plays off this idea with the protagonist expecting to be faux kidnapped but against all odds being kidnapped for real. My only other question is does this come with the option for a happy ending?

Re:So many questions... (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 3 years ago | (#32833286)

It reminds me a little of a movie I saw a while ago. I think it was called 'The Man Who Knew Too Little.' It was a little different, in that the guy was paying to play the role of a mobster (or maybe it was a spy) but ends up with actual gangsters. Kinda funny...

Abuse (1)

Anomalyx (1731404) | more than 3 years ago | (#32828112)

How long before this gets abused by someone maliciously having someone else kidnapped and held for 10 hours? I'm pretty sure there's some legal issues there...

Re:Abuse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32828252)

I'm pretty sure they're going to have thought about that. Aren't you?

Re:Abuse (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 3 years ago | (#32833308)

Yeah, I'm guessing that they'll need to do something so they're absolutely sure they're getting the right person. Maybe if you need to go to a specific coffee shop wearing a pink carnation and order a cafe latte with whipped cream and a chocolate biscotti...

The Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32828282)

On a related note, watch 'The Game' [imdb.com] .

You just lost the game! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32828544)

You just lost the game!

In Mexico its free!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32828382)

(they even demand ransom and kill you if nobody pays yaaay!)

Probably not a good idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32828702)

...if your father has a very particular set of skills.

All fees and expenses (1)

Saithe (982049) | more than 3 years ago | (#32829968)

All fees and expenses will be paid through ransom-notes sent to your family, think of the joy when they receive the first notice of your impromptu vacation.

Accounts Receivable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32830304)

What happens if you don't pay your bill for the vacation?

It wasn't me! (1)

lavagolemking (1352431) | more than 3 years ago | (#32830644)

This plus identity theft is a very scary combination. It is probably pretty hard to explain you did not order such a vacation while bound and gagged, and then hard (emotionally) to dispute the charges on your statement of account.

Husbands (2, Funny)

imunfair (877689) | more than 3 years ago | (#32830762)

Most frequent use: kidnapping someone else

Most frequent customers: husbands with talkative wives.

Busiest day: Superbowl Sunday

Lack of content in TFA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32834234)

Am I the only one that found it frustrating that TFA had a single tiny paragraph that actually mentioned anything about being kidnapped? The rest of the article sounded like a huge advertisement for everything but.

Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32847566)

Otherwise known as Thursday night around here.

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