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Sleepover in stores equals trespassing, teens warned

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 12:14 AM

COPENHAGEN (AP):

Ikea, the leading home furnishings retailer, has warned that teenagers who have illegal sleepovers in its stores are guilty of trespassing.

Spokeswoman Johanna Iritz said 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 on Wednesday that trespassers often hid in wardrobes when stores close. She said Ikea takes the sleepovers "seriously" and that "we can't guarantee safety".

It was unclear whether anyone had been prosecuted.