IKEA WARN­ING: SLEEP­OVERS ARE TRES­PASS­ING

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copen­hagen, den­mark» 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 said tres­passers have hid­den in wardrobes when stores closed. 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.

Vic­tor J. Blue, Bloomberg News

Cus­tomers try out mat­tresses in the show­room of an Ikea store.

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