IKEA, a Swedish-founded multinational group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances, and home accessories, has been people’s go-to place to buy everything they need at home. Apparently, IKEA stores can also be a place to play hide-and-seek.
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In 2014, a Belgium blogger created an IKEA hide-and-seek game to celebrate her 30th birthday. The company seemed supportive about the game and provided extra staff and security. For years, IKEA stores across Europe have been plagued by hide-and-seekers but the company kept on preventing this from happening. “We wanted to make her dream come true — and clearly the dream of thousands of others — but it was an exclusive, one-off thing,” an IKEA Belgium spokesperson said.
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Recently, more than 3,000 people have been planning a giant game of hide-and-seek at an IKEA store. They wanted to turn the sprawling furniture chain into an impromptu playground. According to them, they can hide in everything from refrigerators to bed frames. Also, they consider the 300,000-plus square foot shops as the perfect spot to play in. However, employees of IKEA discovered the plan and called the cops. According to an article by People, an American weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, the Scotland police stood guard in front of the furniture store until it closed at 8 p.m. The police turned away anyone who looked like an expectant hide-and-seeker.
According to the New York Post, a daily newspaper in New York City, five cops stayed at the shop for the entire day on August 31. “People are stopping everyone who looks like they are here for a game of hide and seek,” one customer, Lewis Phillips said.
In an interview, IKEA Glasgow Store Manager Rob Cooper said, “While we appreciate playing games in one of our stores may be appealing to some, we do not allow this kind of activity to take place to ensure we are offering a safe environment and relaxed shopping experience for our customers.” They also need to make sure that people are safe.