Date
22 January 2017
A notice at the store entrance spells out the new policy at an IKEA outlet in Shanghai. Reports say the situation has somewhat improved. Photos: sina.com, weibo
A notice at the store entrance spells out the new policy at an IKEA outlet in Shanghai. Reports say the situation has somewhat improved. Photos: sina.com, weibo

Shanghai IKEA responds to waves of elderly blind daters

No food purchase, no seat.

An IKEA store in Shanghai has resorted to that policy after complaints from customers unable to get a seat in its restaurant.

They said elderly people oftentimes occupy tables and chairs without buying food, depriving diners of proper seating, the standnews.com reports, citing local media.

Also, they complained about excessive noise by the non-patrons.  

The elderly people tend to come in groups and appear to be on blind dates — and not really there to eat, according to local media.

One member said they organize the regular activity every Tuesday and Thursday in the hope to finding romantic partners.

A notice at the store entrance says the blind daters are affecting the operations of the restaurant and driving away potential customers.

Also, it warned the “oldies” to refrain from petty quarrels and follow instructions from the staff.  

It called on customers to call out “uncivilized” behavior.

The new policy has somewhat improved the situation but has not stopped the elderly blind daters.

The situation appears to be confined to the Shanghai store.

Staff in IKEA’s Beijing outlets say they have no such problems, China News Service reports.

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