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Serbia Rage Room Helps To Let Off Steam

NOVI SAD, Serbia — Savo Duvnjak looks around the room, lifts a metal baseball bat and wrecks everything in sight – bed, table, shelves, chair – until there’s nothing left to wreck.

This isn’t a criminal onslaught. It’s the Rage Room.

And it’s smashing its way to success in Serbia one angry visitor at a time.

“This feels so good!” Duvnjak said sweating and panting, as he admired the mound of debris he created – for just a modest fee.

“I feel I let go of all my negative energy,” the 18-year-old gushed. “This last year was a tough one and I wanted to end it with a bang!”

Since it opened in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad in October, the Rage Room has drawn a flurry of attention in the Balkan country where two decades of war, political crisis and economic hardship have driven many people over the edge. Inspired by a similar “Anger Room” in Dallas, Texas, Serbia’s version was set up by two teens who saw the U.S. original online and figured it could be a way to earn pocket money.

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Let off steam means to get rid of your energy, anger or strong emotions by doing something active or noisy.

1. I went for a long walk to let off steam.

2. The children were out in the playground letting off steam.

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