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In Ikea, for a snooze and some snacks

GETTING TOO COMFORTABLE: CCTV footage showing the woman eating and lounging on a display sofa at Ikea Tampines.


    Apr 01, 2014

    In Ikea, for a snooze and some snacks

    A WOMAN has made herself right at home in one of Swedish furniture giant Ikea's showrooms.

    Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the premises have caught the woman, who looks to be in her mid-20s, watching films on a laptop and chomping on potato chips while seated on a display sofa.

    She was also spotted snoring loudly while sleeping on a display bed with a face mask and pyjamas on, and plugging in her hair curler into a power socket in front of a display dresser.

    The footage was captured at the chain's Tampines outlet on Wednesday and Thursday, according to staff interviewed, and flagged to management by security.

    When MyPaper visited the outlet yesterday, one employee, who did not want to be named, said that she received a notification e-mail on Friday - the same one that has been posted online.

    The e-mail, signed off by retail manager Mike King, urged staff "to be on the lookout in the event the woman is seen committing such acts around the showroom".

    The note also said that the woman had been making "repeated visits" and had behaved in the manner she did "during store opening hours for the past few days".

    When contacted, Ikea Singapore's assistant marketing manager, Ms Sandra Keasberry, said: "The woman has made herself a little more comfortable than usual and we are investigating the case."

    Some customers are known to lounge on display furniture for a "very long" time, said another staff member.

    Customer L.C. Chua has noticed teenagers trying out accessories placed at the display dressers and messing up the area.

    "The way they ransack the place is like how robbers would do so. They should replace the items properly," said the 40-year-old who works in the finance industry.