Glasgow police arrest 3,000-person hide-and-seek game at an Ikea

  • An Ikea hide-and-seek game with 3,000 people was due to take place in Glasglow, Scotland on Saturday August 31.
  • A Facebook post with details of the event alerted the Ikea Braehead branch, which contacted local authorities.
  • Ikea hide-and-seek games gained popularity in Europe in 2014, but were later banned.

Ikea: The one stop shop for everything house bound and also the perfect place for a 3,000 people hide and seek game. After all, the average store is about 300,000 square feet, while the the largest Ikea in the world is 700,000 square feet, and honestly, it’s easy to imagine endless hiding places. But unfortunately for a Facebook group, their planned trip to an Ikea in Glasgow, Scotland was canceled after news of their Saturday event became known.

Five police officers were called to the Braehead branch and remained at the store until evening.

“People arrest anyone who ‘looks like they’re here for a game of hide and seek,'” one person wrote on Facebook after stopping by the store, The Scottish reported. The Ikea itself also had its own security staff and no incidents were reported.

Surprisingly, Ikea hide-and-seek games are actually more common than you might think, at least in Europe. The trend started in Belgium in 2014 and quickly gained popularity across the continent, with Ikea management initially allowing the events, according to The Scottish. But only a year later, the Swedish furniture giant was forced to ban the events after they started spiraling out of control.

“The safety of our customers and colleagues is always our top priority,” Ikea Glasgow store manager Rob Cooper said in a statement.. “We were aware that an unofficial Facebook Hide and Seek event was being held at our store today and have been working with local law enforcement for assistance. While we appreciate playing games in one of our stores may be appealing to some, we do not allow this type of activity to ensure that we provide a safe environment and a relaxed shopping experience for our customers.

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