Previously they were destined exclusively for student club events and and loosely planned birthday celebrations, but ever since some guy decided he wanted to “storm” Area 51 and now here we are.
With that in mind, a Facebook event was set up to play hide and seek in the Braehead, Glasgow branch of Ikea that 2,000 people agreed to attend, with a further 10,000 interested.
The plan was to hide in the likes of cupboards, fridges and under beds, but officials at the Ikea found out and promptly informed the police about the public’s plans.
The event was due to kick off on the 30th of August – a Saturday – but not everything went to plan.
Before the game kicked off, members of the event page began to post, saying that they’d seen police arriving at the store in preparation, meaning they couldn’t play.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland later confirmed that five officers were present at the store to assist staff, resulting in the game being cancelled.
Seems like a waste of resources.
Meanwhile, Rob Cooper, Ikea Glasgow 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 organised 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.“
Previously events like this have gone swimmingly, with the organiser of a similar Belgian game explaining:
“Sometimes it’s fun just to do some childish things. Ikea is like an extremely large living room.
We played hide and seek the whole day. It was really exhausting but so much fun.”
Meanwhile, Ikea encouraged people not to join in, saying:
“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.”
You’re supposed to find them, nerds.
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