Ikea begs shitty teens to stop having illegal sleepovers in its stores

If there are two things that give me anxiety, it’s teenagers and IKEA. So teenagers having sleepovers in Ikea sounds like a straight-up nightmare. But apparently sneaking into the store and staying the night is so much of a thing now that the store had to issue a statement.

“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 spokesperson told the BBC. “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,” they added. I mean, Ikea does host its own sleepovers, and that’s not really a great endorsement for those marketing events.

In all, there have been 10 reported “unsponsored” sleepovers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, and Poland. Most recently, two 14-year-old girls were caught in Sweden having an illegal slumber party and were lucky enough to not have been charged with a crime. But the first ones to do it were “two idiots” (their title card, not mine) in Belgium. Apparently, the trick is to hide in a closet in one of the fake rooms and sneak out once the store closes so as not to get caught.

The self-proclaimed idiots recorded it all (of course) and had quite the night in the store. They even used meatballs to rank whether things like the food or the jump-ability of the beds were “uberdope” or not dope at all (p.s. if you don’t say “uberdope” in a bad Belgian accent, you’re doing it wrong).

The food got four meatballs and was deemed “uberdope” by the idiots, especially when paired with the cranberry jam. Part of me thinks it’s the stupidest thing ever, and another part of me thinks the idea of playing around in fake Ikea living rooms in the middle of the night would be really fun, if stoned, for like 10 minutes. It would quickly get boring AF without anyone else around, or couples fighting over whether they want the EXPEDIT or the KALLAX shelves. It’s not a trip to Ikea if you don’t witness the beginnings of at least one breakup.

Ikea obviously sees the appeal. In China, the stores actually encourage customers to get in the bed and take a little nap while shopping. But knowing it’s allowed sort of makes it less uberdope, right? If it even is to begin with.

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