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Swedish Ikea warns: Sleepover in stores equals trespassing

Associated Press logo Associated Press 21/12/2016

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 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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