Remember when you were a child and the most anxiety you ever felt was when you were hiding from someone during a game of ‘hide and seek?’ We definitely underestimated how much adults miss their youth and the lengths they’ll go to feel like a kid again. Well, a group of over 2000 people had police rushing to the IKEA store in Glasgow to stop people from hiding in the cupboards and fridges.
If you’ve ever been to an IKEA store, then you know the place is like a gigantic living room. Now that I think about it, it really is the perfect spot to facilitate a massive game of hide and seek.
This odd story comes from a Facebook group that was formed in order to organize a game of hide and seek. More than 2,000 people clicked ‘attending’ to be a part of this childhood game into Glasgow’s branch of the Swedish megastore. Another 10,000 people said they were ‘interested’. Everything was ready and all attendants were excited to let the games begin.
The game was scheduled for the 30th of August. That morning, some of the group members began to post that they had seen police at the entrances, turning people away. Apparently, the manager of the store had been informed of this hide and seek game which was set to take place in his shop, he was not prepared to have any of it.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed that five officers were waiting at the store to assist staff before the game was supposed to commence.
Rob Cooper, the store manager, said: “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 organized to take place at our store and have been working with the local police for support. 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.”
Surprisingly, this is not the first hide and seek game in an Ikea store. The trend started back in 2014 when more than 19,000 people signed up to a game at a store in Amsterdam. A whopping 32,000 people signed up to an event at an Eindhoven branch. These games actually took place without the cops putting a stop to it.
One of the attendants said that they “played hide and seek the whole day. It was really exhausting but so much fun.” After reports of these mass pursuits, Ikea released a statement requesting that customers stop attending these game for health and safety purposes.
It said: “It’s hard to control. We need to make sure people are safe in our stores and that’s hard to do if we don’t even know where they are.”
I guess its back to normal-sized living rooms from now on…