While Ikea may be known for offering quality home furnishings, the company wants customers to actually buy their merchandise before using it.
Apparently, teenagers didn’t get that memo as they’ve created the new trend of sneaking into Ikea stores and sleeping on their furniture.
After recording 10 different instances of people having sleepovers in its stores in the United States, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Australia, and Poland, the international retail giant released a statement calling upon the culprits to stop, Global News reports.
“We appreciate that people are interested in Ikea and want to create fun experiences, however the safety and security of our co-workers and customers is our highest priority, and that’s why we do not allow sleepovers in our stores,” an Ikea spokesperson reportedly said.
According to Buzzfeed, the bizarre craze was started by two friends named Florian and Bram who filmed themselves sleeping overnight in an Ikea store in Belgium and posted it to YouTube.
The video has since gone viral, garnering nearly 2 million views and inspiring others to follow suit.
One of the more recent attempts occurred in Sweden when two 14-year-old girls were caught trying to spend the night in an Ikea. The store didn’t report the minors to the police due to their ages, but instead had a serious talk with their parents.
Ikea is actually quite open to hosting events for people at its stores, such as a past game of hide and seek that was orchestrated for someone’s 30th birthday in Belgium — but the company asks that people interested in planning those types of creative activities contact them and seek authorization beforehand.
It seems strange that people, particularly teenagers, would even find fun in doing something as random as sneaking into Ikea for a sleepover. Nevertheless, Twitter is having a field day mocking the people who have been getting caught in the act.
which leaves me with a lot of questions but first and foremost what percentage policy did they have towards this before today??— nick (@andrenickntina) December 22, 2016
@andrenickntina I once played hide and go seek tag for hours inside an IKEA... The workers were oddly okay with it haha— Herd of turtles (@krdowling94) December 22, 2016
@xeni Anyone captured will be sentenced to assembling a bookcase with their significant other.— YOUNG MT (@MXTracy66) December 21, 2016
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