Mean Dad Ikea Says No More Illegal Teen Sleepovers AllowedLatest
The BBC reports that at least ten of these “non-sponsored sleepovers” have popped up in the US, Canada, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Japan, Australia and Poland. The most recent bust was made on two Swedish 14-year-olds found in a Jonkoping Ikea. They were released without incident, but a couple 15-year-olds, also Swedish, were charged in October with trespassing after being found in an Ikea in Malmo. According to Swedish paper Sydsvenskan, the 15-year-olds sat in cupboards as the store closed, and then for the next ten hours, too scared to come out. Rad!
A UK Ikea spokesperson told the BBC that the brand is cracking down on these sweet teen parties, though they appreciate the enthusiasm for fyrkantigs and knutstorps:
“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 Swedish spokesman added: “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.”
Wow. Ikea just don’t understand.