updated 10/7/2003 9:11:11 AM ET 2003-10-07T13:11:11

German women fed up with their partners’ grumbling on weekend shopping trips can now dump them at a special kindergarten for men offering beer and entertainment.

“The women are issued a receipt for their partners when they hand them in and can pick them up again when they return it to us later,” Alexander Stein, manager of the Nox Bar in the northern city of Hamburg told Reuters on Tuesday.

The men are given a name badge on arrival and for 10 euros ($11.80) they get two beers, a hot meal, televised soccer and games.

Stein said the idea for the Saturday afternoon “Maennergarten” came from a female customer who thought it would be a good way of getting away from her husband so she could shop in peace.

“She found it all too stressful and thought this might be the solution. Both were very happy with the way it turned out.

“Last week the men had a remote control car to play with. Next week there’s going to be a mini racetrack,” said Stein.

The bar is also offering a drilling workshop.

“It beats sitting around in shoe shops, that’s for sure,” one man told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

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