Police called to prevent massive (more than 2000 people) hide and seek game in IKEA

Key Highlights

  • The massive activity was planned by more than 2000 people, who signed up on Facebook to take the childhood game into IKEA.hide and seek game in IKEA
  • Later, the event was confirmed by a spokesperson of Scotland Police. She said five police officers entered the store and assisted the crew in abandoning the game.

If you have ever been to IKEA you’ll know the vastness of space it covers.

Most of the megastores are large enough to fit at least two or three departmental stores. It’s basically perfect for someone who wants to take a walk while appreciating the beauty of wooden craftsmanship that lies inside the well-decorated area.

However, thrill-seekers and indoor play enthusiasts tend to find creative ways to make the best use of giant spaces. And that’s precisely what happened inside an IKEA in Braehead, Glasgow.

Reports say, a massive game was being played by shoppers and visitors inside the store and police had to be involved to end it. Officers rushed into the store after shoppers reported to be hiding in fridges, wardrobes, and beds.

Besides the 2000 registered Facebook members, another 10000 people showed interest in participating in the event.

Sadly, the store’s management found out about the plan and number of participants could not increase.

A spokesperson of Scotland Police later confirmed the event and said five police officers reached the store and assisted the crew in leaving the game.

“The safety of our customers and co-workers is always our highest priority. We were aware of an unofficial hide and seek Facebook event being organised to take place at our store and have been working with the local police for support,” said Rob Cooper, IKEA Glasgow store manager.

“We were aware of an unofficial hide and seek Facebook event being organised to take place at our store and have been working with the local police for support,” he continued.

Rob added that IKEA does not permit such activities to take place inside their stores as their aim is to offer a safe and relaxed experience for their customers.

This is not the first time people turned an IKEA store into a playground, however. Back in 2014, more than 19000 people signed up for a game inside a megastore in Amsterdam.

Do you think it’s a shame that the massive hide and seek game could not take place after all? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

Cover image: Google | Street View

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