Search for the most popular activities in Columbus, Ohio and you’re likely to find a surprisingly large number of trendy ‘escape game’ challenges. From ‘The Chamber Room’ to ‘Trapped Columbus’, hipster culture has provided the city with countless millennials fighting to see who will solve the mystery that allows their crew to escape a locked room. For so many of these ventures to exist in one city is staggering, and may indicate a questionable undercurrent to the city’s culture. Then again, if you understand hipster culture, please enlighten me on the man-bun.
Another thriving industry exists in Buy Here Pay Here car dealerships. Catering to those with subprime credit, these dealerships can be extremely helpful, but the BHPH industry as a whole has fallen under criticism due to scrupulous practices of less-reputable dealers. Consumers subjected to such dealers can find themselves trapped ‘in over their head’ financially, with the slightest default in payment leading to repossession of the vehicle.
But some searching the internet for Buy Here Pay Here have stumbled upon what might be a ground-breaking reality television competition. A competition that combines these two thriving industries.
In 1975, ‘Kung-Fu’ actor David Carradine starred in DEATH RACE 2000. Set in a dystopian future, the film revolves around a brutal cross-country automobile race, where inmate contestants are scored by the television audience on their savage murder of pedestrians..and each other. Among other prizes, the victor receives his freedom.
In 1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in THE RUNNING MAN. Set in a dystopian future, the film revolves around a brutal game show, where inmate contestants are scored by the television audience on their savage battle of the show’s well-marketed ‘gladiators’…and each other. Among other prizes, the victor receives his freedom.
It now appears that Family Feud host Steve Harvey is set to throw his hat into the reality competition ring. Combining the trendiness of ‘escape game’ challenges, with the desperation of Buy Here Pay Here customers, it has been announced that FOX television is considering Harvey’s pitch for a brutal new series…
Escape: Buy Here Pay Here
The premise is simple. Six contestants with subprime credit are locked in a room, with a. 60-minute countdown. Throughout the room are a series of puzzles and clues which, if solved, allow the group to escape.
If the group is able to collaborate, in order to escape, they will all be pre-approved for 12% APR on the purchase on a pre-owned vehicle. However, if one contestant manages to be the sole escapee they will receive a prime APR of 2% on the purchase of new model year offering. One can only speculate if this means the ‘sole escapee’ would only have to outsmart the other contestants, or actually engage in homicide.
According to our sources, the industry seems divided on the idea, unsure if the concept is ‘brutally captivating’ or ‘savagely entertaining’. (Either way, we hope that the grand prize is something way cooler than a KIA Impreza…)
The Lemon attempted to contact Steve Harvey for clarification on the rumored project, but he was unavailable as he was attending something called a ‘holistic mustache seminar’.