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Student Cuddles for Cash

Playing Spoons

This may well be the saddest thing I've ever heard. Or in the past month  at least. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Are you a fan of spooning? Who doesn't like a good cuddle every now and then, right? Well, if you tune into Dragon's Den regularly, you'll know that anything can be turned into a business plan. Including snuggling?

For a fee, a 29-year-old grad student from Penfield, New York will provide you with a snuggle service. 

As the sole founder and snugglee (or is it snuggler?) of the Snuggery, Jacqueline Samuel "aims to make the world a gentler place, one snuggle at a time.” But curling up with her warm youthful bod doesn't come cheap. An hour and a half will set you back $90.

“Everyone keeps asking how I came up with the idea,” said Samuel. “There’s no other answer except that I just have always really liked to cuddle. It just makes you feel good.”

The service claims to be distinctly hands-off and asexual. But let's be honest. There are a lot of lonely (and horny) people out there. The fact remains that Samuel's clientele mainly comprise middle-aged business men, who do tend to mix the cuddle session with a bit of talk therapy, even though she is not a qualified therapist.

“Men just feel more comfortable paying for a service like this," admits Samuel. I’ve thought about offering a male snuggler for women – I just haven’t gotten to that yet.”

Is the snuggle service altruistic, or is Samuel simply playing the innocent tease?