Ikea ditches el­derly dates

The World of Chinese - - MISHMASH -

Shang­hai IKEA doesn’t want to go on any more dates with old peo­ple. For quite some time, the IKEA’S din­ing area has been a pop­u­lar hang­out for el­derly peo­ple look­ing to hook up with each other. IKEA tol­er­ated it for a num­ber of rea­sons—not the least of which was that those old peo­ple are scary and hell hath no fury like the el­derly man whose date was just sab­o­taged—but the store, in Shang­hai’s Xu­ji­ahui area, de­cided enough was enough and that these el­derly peo­ple who weren’t buy­ing fur­ni­ture or food had to go. Rules were put in place stip­u­lat­ing that food had to be bought be­fore they were al­lowed in the area and store staff have be­gun reg­u­lar pa­trols. Since then, sales of the cheap­est item on the menu, at 10 RMB, have re­port­edly shot up. Ev­i­dently these are pretty cheap dates. - D.D.

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