The Friday File-That other public dating space-Ikea

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For the Friday file is a story carried by The BBC.  If you are a senior in Shanghai you may be part of a twice a week phenomenon-meeting other seniors in the famous Swedish Ikea cafeteria. China’s state broadcaster CCTV News reported that the elderly patrons would often buy a cup of coffee or some bread and “spend an entire day just chatting with others”. They are believed to be part of a dating community, making use of their Ikea membership cards. This week, Ikea put a stop to it by imposing a strict “no food, no seating” rule to discourage senior citizens from occupying canteen seats for “extended periods”.

Yes those seniors are spending time in Ikea’s cafeteria and not spending too many kroners. Ikea staff have identified the oldsters as having an illegal blind-dating group with uncivilized behaviour. “It is having a negative implication for our canteen’s operation. From…

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