A man who was trapped in the Thurrock branch of IKEA for almost seven hours yesterday spoke of his deep regret today at having ignored the strict arrow-based system for navigating the store.
Mike Brenman, 37, from Braintree had been to the furnishing store many times before, and analysts believe this may have contributed to his over-confidence in going ‘off-road.’
‘I did see the arrows on the floor but I only went in for a deck chair and a garlic crusher, so I thought it would be OK to try and cut across departments. But I just ended up back in the same place about 12 times. I see now how foolish my actions were, and I’m so very sorry for any distress caused to others, particularly my son who had opted to wait in the car.’
An IKEA spokeswoman stated that the incident served as ‘a valuable lesson for anyone planning on visiting an IKEA store.’ Unfortunately a shelf-unit Mr Brenman purchased as an afterthought was missing a vital retaining screw and so tomorrow he will have to spend another seven hours waiting in the returns department.