The Jakarta Post
People shop at the IKEA Bangna in Bang Kaeo, Thailand, on May 5, 2013. (Shutterstock/Tooykrub)
Anyone who has entered an IKEA store can attest to its attractively homey product displays and maze-like retail areas.
However, some people apparently enjoy their time at IKEA a bit too much, so much so that they have been found playing hide-and-seek within the retailer's 28,000 square meters of nicely arranged bedrooms and storage zones.
A Scottish newspaper recently described how some 3,000 young people were planning to gather and play a mass version of the hide-and-seek game at an IKEA store at the Braehead shopping complex in Glasgow, Scotland.
After discovering the plan, which was shared on social media, the mall employees immediately alerted the police and also prepared extra security for the shop. The police later turned away some groups of youngsters and stayed at the retailer until it shut at 8 p.m.
Previously such activities were allowed by the Swedish company. The game was first played in an IKEA store in Belgium in 2014 and then spread to other European cities. In Eindhoven, Netherlands, for instance, up to 32,000 Facebook users reportedly signed up for the game, which involved people hiding under the beds and in giant shopping bags. However the event was banned a year later when it got out of control. (kes)
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