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We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

So something to keep one amused this Friday. We visited IKEA recently and whilst having a drink in the restaurant saw a mouse wandering around. We pointed this out to the guy on the till and whilst taken aback promised to call someone. We kept an eye on the furry rodent during this time and after 10 mins or so no one came.

The restaurant was filling up - it was about 11:45 so we decided to take matters into our own hands. We found an empty box by the serving hatch and after much tomfoolery managed to coax the mouse into the box and ultimately were able to release the little creature into some grass outside.

We messaged IKEA to inform them that this has happened but much to our surprise after a week no one at IKEA customer service seems to care or has even responded to the message which included all the photos detailing our adventures. It would have been good if someone acknowledged this, saying that they would keep an eye out but maybe it's more a more common occurrence than we thought.

Has this happened to anyone else?
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Old 25.09.2020, 12:04
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Re: We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

She was patiently waiting her turn until they start serving the tasty meatballs
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Re: We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

Perhaps she was destined to be a meatball.
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Re: We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

to be fair, ikea is a maze...
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Old 25.09.2020, 12:28
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Re: We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

We had the same in Galeries Lafayette when we visited the restaurant - totally freaked me out as I had a massive phobia of vermin after having a mouse walk over my face in bed one night and then it got stuck under the covers.

My scream should have alerted them but they found it rather amusing..

I had to finish my meal with my legs up in the air.
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Old 25.09.2020, 12:57
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Re: We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

You should have told them the mouse was wandering through the exhibition in the wrong direction. Or worse still, was trying to open a window. They would have been there immediately.

Yes, I got shouted at once in IKEA for opening the window.
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You should have told them the mouse was wandering through the exhibition in the wrong direction. Or worse still, was trying to open a window. They would have been there immediately.

Yes, I got shouted at once in IKEA for opening the window.
There are windows in Ikea?!
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Re: We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

That was not a mouse, it was a pandimensioanl scientist observing objects of his new research: "probability of humans to recognize they are trapped in a giant maze, while being told that they have free will".
If you disable their cloaking device, they go very fast from this:


to this:
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to be fair, ikea is a maze...
One thing all the mice know it for sure (about IKEA) ... first come, first served
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There are windows in Ikea?!
Ok then, I was opening the window.
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We visited IKEA recently and whilst having a drink in the restaurant saw a mouse wandering around.

We found an empty box by the serving hatch and after much tomfoolery managed to coax the mouse into the box and ultimately, were able to release the little creature into some grass outside.

Has this happened to anyone else?
Although no-one's ever tried to coax me into a box using tomfoolery, I confirm that the rest has happened to me.
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Old 27.09.2020, 15:51
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Re: We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

So, wait, Karen, you saw a mouse in a restaurant and you are shocked and offended and writing to managers and posting photos? Every single reputable restaurant in all the world has the exterminators on the regular payroll. They come every month to treat, spray, poison, set traps, etc. It is just part of the restaurant business.



I owned a restaurant for 16 years. I am about to open another one. Where there are 20 kg bags of flour, there will be varmints. We do the best we can to keep them at bay. You should be thankful it was on the floor and not in your goulash.
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Re: We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

He was probably wondering how the hell to get out of that place. I was once trapped in an IKEA for five days straight.

True story.
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Re: We found a mouse in IKEA's restaurant

And just because everyone loves the inside scoop, here are a few other goodies from the restaurant biz. We served Haagen-Dazs ice cream at my restaurant for 16 years. 3 times in those 16 years, I had customers bring back milk shakes that had machine parts floating in the bottom.


Were they from us? No, of course not. We were just scooping the ice cream out of the tubs. Yet, machine parts. Like, big ones, not just random washers.


One thing that was our fault: we used real cream to make whipped cream in our ISI canisters to top our mochas, lattés, etc. From time to time, the plastic end of the canister that forms the pretty shape to the whipped cream would pop off and end up in someone's large caramel almond milk mocha. They always brought it back to us the next day. We were like, "thank you, sorry, here's a free large mocha". This shit just happens in the resto biz!
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3 times in those 16 years, I had customers bring back milk shakes that had machine parts floating in the bottom. Were they from us? No, of course not. We were just scooping the ice cream out of the tubs. Yet, machine parts. Like, big ones, not just random washers.
Mmm, delicious PFAS/PFOS/PTFE/PFOA/other forever chemicals. The neat thing is that you can enjoy their great taste even when you don't find the actual machine parts in your processed food.
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I was once trapped in an IKEA for five days straight.
I'll raise you - I was trapped in Harrods in London, after closing time, for several hours one night!

I was with friends having a drink in a tiny bar they used to have by their book and music collections. We finished up, and realised the bar staff had disappeared and we had been locked in! Hooting and hollering in front of the security cameras brought no response so eventually we found a door that led out to their loading docks. No staff there either. Several doors and long hallways later we found ourselves in the handbags section near the front doors, at which point we finally found a security guard who lunged to open the doors to let us out! We proffered our bar receipt and our backpacks and tried to explain to him who we were and why we were still there so late, but he didn't want to know. If any of us had a mind to, we could have scooped up a lot of expensive stuff, but the surreal experience has made for a great dinner party story over the years instead!
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