After Belgian duo's prank, Ikea warns customers to stop having sleepovers in its stores

After Belgian duo's prank, Ikea warns customers to stop having sleepovers in its stores
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It must be the meatballs or the risk of getting caught, but young people keep overstaying their visits to Ikea stores.

And it's not to get in some extra shopping, but for bonafide sleepovers.

It looks like the prank took off after this Belgian duo filmed their experience in August hiding in a closet at the Swedish furniture store until it closed.

Since then, others around the world have tried to imitate their successful sleepover.

Videos of sleepover attempts in the UK and elsewhere have popped up online.

Teenagers spent night in Ikea store in Belgium

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    It must be the meatballs or the risk of getting caught, but young people keep overstaying their visits to Ikea stores.

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    The prank took off after this Belgian duo filmed their experience in August hiding in a closet at the Swedish furniture store until it closed.

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    The pair entered the store when it was still open, helping themselves to plates of Ikea's famous meatballs.

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    The pair then hid in one of the furniture store's closets until the shop closed for the day.

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    They had to hide in the cupboard for three hours.

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    At midnight, they rolled out and began their rampage.

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    The teens tried out Ikea's beds, commenting that they were "pure heaven".

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    They even rated the bounce-ability from 'one to five meatballs'.

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    They slipped back into the cupboards at 5.45am, before escaping the store when it opened.

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    The BBC reported Wednesday that Ikea is not pleased with this YouTube-worthy prank that has spread beyond Belgium to Australia, America and Japan.

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    The store isn't charging the Belgian vloggers, but store officials are strongly reminding customers that sleepovers aren't allowed.

In an explicit rip-off of the Belgian video, two boys in Poland try to recreate the original "Two idiots" video.

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The BBC reported Wednesday that Ikea is not pleased with this YouTube-worthy prank that has spread beyond Belgium to Australia, America and Japan.

The store isn't charging the Belgian vloggers, but store officials are strongly reminding customers that sleepovers aren't allowed.

Mashable has a call out to Ikea, but has yet to hear back about the sleepovers.

A Swedish newspaper reported in October that two teen girls were arrested for trespassing after they were discovered the next day after their Ikea sleepover.

Since Ikea is cracking down on the overnight stays, it might be worth it to bring back Airbnb stays at the store. Like the duo said in the original sleepover video, the beds are like heaven - even if they've been touched by shoppers all day.

Read also: Fresh bedsheets for napping customers in Ikea China

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