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Combat Vet Opens Rage Room To Help People Cope With Stress

MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn. (WTVF) – We all have ways of coping with stress. Some of us need a little comfort food. Some of us go to the gym and exercise. Others have a different idea of ​​how to let off steam.

Little Mount Pleasant is a calm and quiet place. Into this calm comes a new venture from David Carson.

“I try to keep ceramics of all kinds,” Carson said as he rummaged through some boxes. “We have more TV monitors than we know what to do with! »

Not only that, Carson has Christmas mugs, VHS tapes, appliances and more. So what kind of business is this in little Mount Pleasant?

“I like to think that when people walk through the door when they’re done, they’re a little nicer! Carson laughed.

A customer entered a room reserved for him with a baseball bat and began smashing bottles, electronics and old records. That’s the whole point of the job.

“You can smash almost anything here, I’ll tell you,” smiled Carson.

His new place is called Rampage. It’s a rage room.

“They say, ‘Oh, I’m not going to get yelled at for breaking this thing,’ and then they go crazy!” Carson said.

“It breaks all the stigma of what we’re told we can’t do,” said Christian Perez.

Carson said he understands people’s need for catharsis.

“I did four combat tours from Haiti to Somalia,” he said. “There was a stigma about PTSD. I realized I wasn’t the best father or husband. I asked for help and they started talking to me about different coping mechanisms.”

Carson said many people need a coping mechanism, especially after the isolation, uncertainty and stress brought on by COVID.

“I get a lot of nurses,” he said.

No matter what someone is going through, Carson said let it go, then get back to the finer things in life.

“We smile on it when people lose it in front of us,” Carson said.

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