IKEA: 'Stop Having Sleepovers In Our Stores'
Having a sneaky sleepover in IKEA sounds a lot like New Years Eve: Good fun in theory, but in reality, pretty disappointing.
That hasn’t stopped a handful of teenagers.
It appears that a video posted to YouTube by two Belgian teenagers who filmed their night locked inside an IKEA store after hiding in a wardrobe has inspired copycats.
This year, the Swedish furniture giant has logged about 10 “non-sponsored sleepovers” across the world, the BBC reports.
Two girls, both 14, were caught after they hid themselves for some after-hours shenanigans in the Jonkoping store in Sweden.
The pair weren’t charged, unlike two other teenaged girls who weren’t so lucky.
The 15-year-olds had been too scared of setting off the alarm to leave the cupboards they were hiding in, and were reported to police for trespassing when they were discovered in the morning.
"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 said.
A Swedish spokesperson added that the fun in spending the night in an IKEA store is overrated.
"A long night of sitting still, only to then risk getting into trouble with the law."
Previously, people have hidden themselves in stores in the US, Canada, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Japan, Poland… and Australia.