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The Craziest and Most Awful Things That Have Happened at IKEA

Updated November 6, 2017 14.4k views21 items

IKEA has been on the block since 1943, but at some point in the '90s, its popularity exploded. Massive swaths of middle class urbanites flocked to its labyrinthian stores for the promise of sleek modern furniture and delicious meatballs of questionable origin. Even though the company has worked fastidiously to make themselves the brand of safety and ease, there are still crimes at IKEA that happen all the time -- and not even regular crimes like khaki theft or couch staining. This is a list of all the weird things that happened at IKEA.

For every couple innocently wandering in to buy a curiously-named bathroom utensil, there are ten legitimately crazy IKEA stories. If there isn’t someone getting stabbed in the kitchen aisle, there’s a 12-year-old hiding in office supplies or teens having sex in the warehouse. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the shop where you can buy a GODMORGON is a super weird place. From suicide and horse meat to pervs and Nazis, there are quite a few (figurative and real) skeletons in the IKEA closet (and even more in those big blue bags). You can read about them all on this list of mind blowing IKEA crimes.

  • 12-Year-Old Boy Hides in IKEA for Six Days

    After a nasty fight with his mother, a 12-year-old boy named Peng Yijian ran away from home and hid in the only place he could think of, IKEA. After almost a week, the police figured out what was up, blocked the entrances to the store, and spent nearly an hour searching the place until they found him cowering near an escalator. 
  • Two People Stabbed to Death in the Kitchen Section

    In 2015, two friends who were just trying to buy kitchen utensils were stabbed to death by an asylum seeker who also managed to get stabbed in the melee. Initially he was believed to be a third victim, but police soon realized he was one of the perpetrators of the vicious attack. Of course, Swedish Nationalists used this as a reason to close the borders. Oddly enough, no one suggested building a wall. 
  • Body Found in an IKEA Bag

    IKEA bags rule. They're made of industrial magic, they don't break, and you can fit SO MUCH laundry in them. Also, they're the perfect size for dead bodies.  Specifically for Hidir Aksakal's body. He was a Turkish national who was connected to some English gang killings in the '90s, but that was before he was found folded up in one of those trusty blue bags. 
  • Children Crushed Beneath Furniture

    In early 2014, the Malm dresser claimed another young victim when it fell over on top of a two-year-old named Curren Collas while he was napping in his room. After reports of his death, IKEA agreed to send out free anchoring kits to people who had purchased the dresser. 

    In 2016 a nearly two-year-old boy named Ted was also crushed to death by the Malm chest of drawers while he was napping. IKEA claimed that they were investigating any problems with the furniture.