Snowstorm keeps customers and staff overnight at Ikea


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If you’ve ever feared (or dreamed of) being locked in a business overnight, you probably know that some places would be more comfortable than others. And let’s face it – if you must be stuck somewhere, a large store full of furniture, bedding and Swedish meatballs seem like a good place. A group of buyers and traders tested the idea when they found themselves stranded overnight in an Ikea store.

About 30 cm of snow fell during a severe snowstorm in Aalborg, Denmark’s fourth largest city. As a result, around 30 people – six customers as well as Ikea employees and employees at a nearby toy store – were advised not to to travel from the Ikea store where they shopped and worked.

Peter Elmose, the store manager, decided to allow customers and staff to stay overnight at Ikea. Not only did he offer his unexpected guests a bit of comfort during the evening and the following morning (such as food – including pork, a rice pudding dessert called risalamande, hot chocolate and fresh rolls. ), he even toured the beds and sang lullabies to guests once it was time to go to sleep.

“We gathered in the canteen, where we had food and drink, and there was television“, Erik Bangsgaard, 75, who was visiting the store with his wife, Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet told. “There was a good mood, because there was nothing we could do about the situation. We were just very happy to have shelter.

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The stranded group chose places to spend the night in the exhibit hall, such as beds and sofa beds. But while they might have been safe, warm, and comfortable, it seems the store wasn’t quite a great place to spend a sleepover after all.

“There was music and they couldn’t turn off the light” Bangsgaard told Ekstra Bladet, “So we lay there almost with a projector against us all night.”

That being said, guests at the retailer acknowledged that things could have been a lot worse. Michelle Barrett, who works in a toy store next to Ikea and sought refuge in the store, said it was better than sleeping in his car.

“It’s been nice and warm, and we’re just glad they let us in. ” Barrett told DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), according to the AP. “We just laughed at the situation because we probably won’t see her again. “

Ikea was not the only place to welcome people stranded by the storm. About 300 people had to stay overnight at Aalborg airport. No word on whether the airport served Swedish meatballs.

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