Swedish Ikea warns: Sleepovers in stores equals trespassing

FILE PHOTO A customer is talking on his cell phone as he is lying on a bed during the opening of the 328th store by the Swedish furniture giant IKEA which is the first one in  Bulgaria,  Sofia, on Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011.  (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)
FILE PHOTO A customer is talking on his cell phone as he is lying on a bed during the opening of the 328th store by the Swedish furniture giant IKEA which is the first one in Bulgaria, Sofia, on Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Ikea, the leading home furnishings retailer, has warned that teenagers who have illegal sleepovers in their stores are guilty of trespassing.

Spokeswoman Johanna Iritz says Ikea has recorded about 10 such incidents in the past year in the United States, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Australia and Poland.

Swedish media say the trend likely started when teenagers spent the night in an Ikea store in Belgium in August, then posted a video of their exploits.

Iritz told The Associated Press Wednesday trespassers often hid in wardrobes when stores close. She said Ikea takes the sleepovers “seriously” and that “we can’t guarantee safety.”

Iritz said the fun was “overrated,” adding a night at Ikea ends with “getting into trouble with the law.”

It was unclear whether anyone had been prosecuted.

 

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