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Chinese Couple Decides to Overnight in an IKEA

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  • 2016

I’m sure that what this couple did, or actually tried to do, has crossed your mind more than one time while at a store or at a mall. After all, some of the interior furnishings look so inviting. Who wouldn’t want to spend the night?

IKEA bedroom interior

Their attempt was actually typical child’s play or mischief, but because these two were no longer children, there were greater consequences.

You may have guessed it by now. A Chinese couple tried to spend the night at an Ikea store, hiding – badly – in a wardrobe, while live-streaming the whole thing through the app Yizhibo.

Of course, their strategy involved posing as normal customers while the store was open. Then, at some point, they hid in a place they hoped no one would find them.

Unfortunately for them, shortly after the store closed, store security guards found them and later called the police.

IKEA living room

You would think that by the time they were found, the live-stream would have been secondary in their minds and shut off. Nope.

The couple kept live-streaming even while being interviewed by the police. It wasn’t until one hour later when the police noticed what they were doing, that they were ordered to shut it down.

Of course, internet users were split between two thoughts. Some defended their actions, but others criticized them for wasting the guards’ and police officers’ time.

The couple later apologized, stating they had no ill intentions and were only trying to remind others of their childhood memories of playing hide and seek.

IKEA kitchen

This wasn’t the first time someone tried to spend the night at an Ikea store. When the couple confessed, they mentioned being inspired by other people’s attempts to spend the night in IKEAs elsewhere in the world.

Staying overnight in an IKEA isn’t the craziest idea for live-streaming. Other examples include Chinese people who have jumped in a frozen lake, poked a hornet’s nest, and drank spicy oils. Some people just have too much time on their hands.

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