IKEA Foils Plans For Huge Hide And Seek Game

An unofficial game of hide-and-seek in Ikea’s Sydney Tempe store has been nipped in the bud by the Swedish furniture giant, after over 34,000 people said they were attending on Facebook.

The event, scheduled for May 23, had an entry fee of $1 with the winner (last person left undiscovered) taking all.

“This event is to foster our inner child with a game we know and love,” the event organisers wrote on the Facebook page.

“Every player will receive a paper collar connected to their yellow fluoro hat, this prevents anyone from cheating. If, by the end time, there is still more than one personal left unfound, the prize pool money will be divided respectively to the number of players left. In the event all players are found, the prize pool will be donated to a charitable cause.”

Participants were warned not to “create public nuisance, run, be loud, break anything or steal.”

However, the global giant stepped in, with the Tempe store saying in a statement that playing hide and seek inside the store “raises security issues for both customers and co-workers. At all times Ikea must be able to guarantee a safe environment, therefore we encourage people to play hide-and-seek at other places.”

This is in-line with global statements from Ikea, with the company stopping plans for giant hide-and-seek games in its stores in the Netherlands last week.

“It’s hard to control,” Ikea Group spokeswoman Martina Smedberg told Bloomberg. “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.”

The furniture giant hasn’t always been such a killjoy. In 2014, the company officially allowed 29-year-old Elise De Rijick to host a game of hide-and-seek at one of their Belgian stores as part of a list of things she wanted to do before she turned 30.

Main pic: Trevor, via Flickr.