Ikea is determined to stop teenagers from having illegal sleepovers in its stores

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

It’s impossible to visit Ikea and not try out all the furniture but the company has had enough of teenagers taking it too far.

There has been a bit of trend of later of youngsters sneaking into Ikea stores and holding sleepovers.

Which, of course, is completely and utterly illegal, what with breaking and entering and all that.

So far there have been around 10 “non-sponsored sleepers” according to the Swedish furniture giant, most recently in a branch in Jonkoping, Sweden, where two 14-year-old girls were caught trying to spend the night.

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They had apparently been influenced by a YouTube video that was uploaded in August that shows two Belgians jumping on beds and hiding in wardrobes to avoid being caught.

The two girls in Jonkoping DID get caught, however, although Ikea decided not to prosecute.

But they have issued a stern warning to others who are thinking about trying it on themselves.

Swedish press officer Jakob Holmstrom said: “We hope that this trend will slow. We do not see what it is that is fun with what they do.”

An Ikea UK spokesperson added to the BBC: “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.”

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