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Police shut down planned hide-and-seek game at IKEA in Scotland


Police shut down planned hide-and-seek game at IKEA in Scotland (xhachair/Getty Images)

Plenty of people get lost while shopping at IKEA, but police in Scotland had to intervene after a Facebook post drew crowds to a location in Glasgow for a massive game of hide-and-seek.

Fun-seekers have used the Swedish furniture store’s cavernous locations as hide-and-seek staging grounds for years across Europe, but this latest attempt was foiled after an employee saw a Facebook post inviting people to play.

Police arrived at the Glasgow to assess the scene and the five officers who remained stayed until closing turning away larger groups of young people and gauging the intentions of “suspicious-looking” customers.

Whether those customers were too interested in closet size or how much storage space is available under the TARVA bed frame was not released by police.

Word of the police activity spread on social media, too, The Scotsman reported.

“While we appreciate playing games in one of our stores may be appealing to some, we do not allow this kind of activity to take place to ensure we are offering a safe environment and relaxed shopping experience for our customers," store manager Rob Cooper said.

IKEA banned the practice at its stores in 2015 over health and safety issues.

“We need to make sure people are safe, and that’s hard if we don’t know where they are,” an IKEA spokesperson said at the time.