Families camped out on sofa sets, reading newspapers, drinking tea from glass jars and eating biscuits. It is believed groups of elderly people would visit the Ikea cafe to meet friends and new people, sitting in the store's cafe for much of the day. The long-suffering Swedes are unwilling to force the Chinese seniors out. Many continue to meet and take along their own water and steamed buns — but they buy some inexpensive croissants to ensure they are not thrown out. The company is tired of the lonely hearts drinking gallons of coffee but never buying anything. It's deplorable how people are caught photographed sleeping on Ikea displays, what more spitting and swearing in public? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Customers have been criticised for their behaviour in Chinese Ikea stores The move was criticised by some elderly patrons, who spoke to local media outlets.
Image copyright Getty Images The news has attracted attention from netizens on Chinese social media, with many in support of the elderly. Since the store opened several years ago, hundreds of lonely, divorced or widowed elderly people have descended on the cafeteria in search of love and companionship. The phenomenon is a result of the nation's rising divorce rate, changing demographics and the comfort of the stores themselves. They sit for hours drinking coffee, gossiping and subtly checking each other out. If there is another place in Shanghai where elderly people can gather, we are more than ready to pay twice as much and travel further.
This actually affected some customers having meals. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Where will lonely hearts go in Shanghai? The decision follows numerous problems brought by throngs of local seniors who gathered there daily for matchmaking events or get-togethers. Ikea in Shanghai has reportedly told a secret dating group to stop meeting there. Han, a retired bus-ticket seller Shao, a former manager at a local Unilever factory who won't give his first name either, is 70. But the store has now reportedly put a notice out telling people the canteen is only intended for people who are buying food to eat — in an attempt to discourage the group of older people from remaining in the eatery all day.
Twice a week, hundreds of Shanghai residents who have formed an informal lonely hearts club of sorts gather at the cafeteria of the Swedish furniture megastore for free coffee and conversation. Ge, one of the lonely hearts, admits they don't treat the company very well. Our kids are not around, and some visit only on weekends. They have complained that there is nowhere to sit because of the matchmaking groups. Store managers decided to clamp down on what they described as 'illegal date clubs'. For years, hundreds of elderly folk have descended on the furniture store cafeteria in the Xuhui district of commercial hub on Tuesdays and Thursdays, local media said, many of them divorcees or living alone following the death of a partner.
When the first store opened in Beijing in 1998, people napped on the beds. It is ugly behaviour to take up seats for such long durations while you make others wait. An elderly Chinese bottom women rests on a sofa as people shop at an Ikea frurniture store in Beijing on August 15, 2011. From today, the restaurant will only be for people who purchase their food first. But the older people who use the cafe said they had nowhere else to go where they could find other people their own age.
But given that most of the regulars were seeking light flirtation rather than a hot dog or a glass of lingonberry cordial, management has grown tired of allowing their restaurant to be used as a makeshift singles club. Please enjoy :- The older clientele are up in arms over the ban. Support independent journalism from China. Many of them simply used the café as a meeting place and did not buy anything. They are believed to be part of a dating community, making use of their Ikea membership cards. I talk with friends, but some elderly do meet people who become lovers. They are lonely and are probably hoping to find some company again.
They have turned it into an informal and occasionally rowdy lonely hearts club, and though store managers would like them to leave, they are too polite to kick them out. So they like gathering and chatting here. Locals said it occurs twice weekly, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If there is another place in Shanghai where elderly people can gather, we are more than ready to pay twice as much and travel farther. But for the many Chinese who remain unconvinced by Western tastes in home decor, there is more to Ikea than just shiny cupboards or brightly coloured rugs.
Expected to finish construction in 2022, the Shanghai Linkong Project will house Ikea stores as well as eateries and recreation facilities with over 300 tenants, and Ikea office towers with more than 3,000 Ikea personnel. I feel quite good when I come here. An elderly Chinese man and woman chat at a park in Shanghai. The pensioners begin arriving around 1 in the afternoon and fill nearly 20 tables in the store cafeteria. The rule appears to have sparked anger among the elderly clientele, who say they have no-where else to go. .