Ikea pleads with teens to stop holding unauthorized ‘sleepovers’ in stores

Swedish furniture chain Ikea is asking teens to stop holding illegal "sleepovers" at its stores. Photo by mastrminda/Pixabay

JONKOPING, Sweden, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Swedish furniture chain IKEA is pleading with teenagers to stop holding unauthorized “sleepovers” by hiding out in stores after closing.

The company said it has logged about 10 incidents of young people hiding out in stores after a video went viral in August showing two teenage boys treating the closed store as a private playground after hiding out in a wardrobe until everyone else left.

The most recent incident involved two 14-year-old girls who were caught spending the night at an Ikea in Jonkoping, Sweden. They were not charged due to their young ages, but two 15-year-olds are facing trespassing charges after they were caught in October hiding in cupboards after hours at an Ikea in Malmo, Sweden.

The young men in the Belgian video escaped detection by going back to their wardrobes and hiding until the store reopened.

“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,” a representative for Ikea U.K. told the BBC.

A spokesman for the company’s headquarters in Sweden said hiding out in a closed Ikea is not worth the trouble.

“Maybe needless to say that the fun in it is overrated. A long night of sitting still, only to then risk getting into trouble with the law,” he said.


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