Stories about people who lived in stores
1. Runaway boy who slept in the store IKEA.
Have you ever been to IKEA for so long that you started thinking about setting up camp there, sleeping on the bed and eating all the meatballs? If yes, then you are not alone. A 12-year-old boy from China who ran away from home was found almost a week later, living in an IKEA store.
Peng Yidzhien quarreled with his mother because he didn’t do his maths homework, so he left home and spent a lot of time in nearby IKEA. He lived off free tasting products from Shanghai supermarkets and slept on a demo bed in IKEA.
Before the boy was found, the police asked his mother where Peng liked to walk in the city. Among other places, she called them IKEA. The boy was eventually found roaming the first floor of a Swedish retailer.
2. A 70-year-old woman who was at Wal-Mart for three days.
In December 2007, a Wal-Mart customer really abused the hospitality of a 24-hour store in Lilburn, Georgia.A 70-year-old woman spent three days at the store: she was shopping, eating at a local Blimpie, and even sleeping.
Despite what you think about her now, the woman could easily merge with the crowd of other customers, carts, crowds and chaos, and go unnoticed for three days during the Christmas boom. When asked by Wal-Mart employees why she’s been there for so long, she simply said, "I shop."
The woman was eventually sent home, but only after she paid for her purchases.
3. A college student who lived at Wal-Mart for 41 hours during spring break.
During spring break, some American college students go to sun-drenched beaches or cheap cities. But Skyler Bartels went to the local Wal-Mart.
In 2006, Bartels, a 20-year-old beginner writer and second-year student at Drake University, thought he would spend a week at Wal-Mart as a test of endurance and use this as material for a journal article. His college mentor liked this idea.
41 hours Bartels wandered the Wal-Mart Hypermarket at Windsor Heights, which is open 24 hours a day. He looked at customers, read magazines, watched movies on DVD and played video games.
He bought sandwiches in Subway and did a little nap in the toilet stall or on the sun loungers in the “garden” section.
Other buyers and employees didn’t pay much attention to him until the end of his stay, but it turned out that some of the shop's balers began to notice him - poking a finger and talking to each other. The security chief approached him and asked: "Didn’t I see you in the magazine department five hours ago?" “Perhaps,” answered Bartels.
Tired and verging on hallucinations, Bartels said he decided to go home before he was thrown out. He believed that the project failed. So it was, until television began to trumpet about this story, and he did not begin to receive offers from literary agents and film companies.
4. A 14-year-old teen who wore diapers and went unnoticed at Wal-Mart for more than two and a half days.
In 2014, a teenager with an obvious attraction to discounted products and fluorescent lighting built a “secret shelter” at Wal-Mart in Coriscana, Texas, and lived there for two and a half days. However, the 14-year-old was not just hiding in a store.
The boy’s habitat was well thought out.One was behind the warehouse of carts, and the second behind the stands with toilet paper. These facilities were completely hidden from prying eyes. In his secluded places he kept essentials, slept in a makeshift bed and ate food taken in the store. He made a hole in the back of the rack with drinks to take the juice, and even took the fish from the pet store to keep it as a pet.
The boy also changed clothes every few hours so that he would not be discovered. He was so anxious to get caught that he wore diapers instead of using the toilet. It was the garbage that eventually caused it to be discovered. He tried to escape from the store as soon as he was discovered.
The boy was supposed to live with distant relatives who did not particularly follow him, and therefore it is clear how he lived in a store and was not reported missing.
5. A couple who lived in the mall for 4 years as a protest.
Michael Townsend and Adrian Ioto are a couple from Rhode Island who woke up one morning in 1998 and discovered that their street name had changed: Kinsley Avenue became Providence Place, which was the name of the mall in the center of the city.Townsend and Ioto were among the residents opposing the construction of the shopping center due to the huge size of the building. But the scientist Yoto and the artist Townsend expressed their indignation in an unusual way: they decided to live in a shopping center. Literally.
In 2003, in a warehouse that remained from the time of construction, they created a secret apartment from which they could fully experience the atmosphere of the shopping center. It was supposed to last a week, but stretched out for almost four years. If Townsend had not been arrested by the security service and accused of violating the boundaries of private property, they would still be living there today.
During the first week they were disguised, carrying empty bags and equipment of the shopping center. At night, they crawl through a half-meter wide passage into the dark room that Townsend found. There they made a bed of cardboard and insulating material, where they spent cold nights and avoided detection when the mall was not working. They bathed in local toilets, and Ioto could be found every morning in one of the shops trying to wash gels.
After the experimental week, Ioto and Townsend returned regularly for four years, trying to transform the storage room into a luxurious apartment, furnished with items from the shopping center. They built a wall of cinder blocks, put sofas, tables, lamps, TV, china and Sony PlayStation (which was stolen while they lived there, which suggests that their presence was not completely secret) and remained there for several days in a row.
They did not manage to finish their project. After the arrest of Townsend, they experienced a moment of glory, including a two-minute interview on CBS and an article on the last page of the magazine. The blogosphere is filled with comments and discussions. One blogger likened an apartment in a mall to an adult version of a fort in a forest. The police, according to one news report, were “so intrigued by the apartment that they went to see her personally.”
6. Heartbroken woman who spent a week at KFC.
In October 2014, a Chinese woman suffering from unrequited love spent a week at KFC eating chicken wings and soothing a broken heart after being thrown by a guy. Tang Shen, a 26 year old girl, saidthat she didn’t plan to stay in the eatery for so long, but because of depression she couldn’t find the strength to leave.
“I just wanted chicken wings. But as soon as I entered there and started eating, I realized that I needed time to think,” she said. "I did not want to go back to my apartment because she was full of memories of him. That's why I stayed."
After three days in the 24-hour cafe, the staff noticed that the woman had not yet left. She told them that she needed more time to think and ordered more wings.
When she got the attention of the media, she finally decided that she was “tired of the taste of chicken” and went to her parents.
7. The man who lived in the walls of Marshall's department store three days before he was rescued.
Longmont resident Colorado Paul Felik loves Marshall's. In fact, Paul loves Marshall's so that he was trapped in the walls of a department store and lived there for three days before he was rescued, hungry, dehydrated and without a new sweater from the autumn collection for which he came.
Paul was rescued by the police after the store employees heard strange screams and moans coming from the walls, but could not determine the source of the noise.They immediately realized that the sounds are made by a person, and not a ghost who follows the fashion.
They called 911, saying to the operator: "We hear a guy screaming in the wall." Upon the arrival of the rescuers, more than a dozen people made a hole large enough for Paul to crawl through with a sledgehammer.
Paul told the police that he entered the building through the roof and fell through the vent. He landed approximately between the outer and inner walls, where he was trapped.
8. A cat who lived at Home Depot for 13 years.
Meet Depot, a friendly green-eyed cat, which in January 2014 was practically evicted from the house where she lived for 13 years. She lived at the Home Depot store in Bluffton, South Carolina. She became something of a local celebrity, wandering around the store and making friends with customers, many of whom brought her goodies when they went shopping.
The store management had no problems with Depot until it began to unwittingly turn on the alarm in the middle of the night. The company decided it was time for her to leave.
When the news of the eviction of a cat was published, animal lovers around the world went berserk. Home Depot customer Daniel Goodell created a petition on Change.org that collected more than 1900 signatures, begging the store to let the cat stay.Goodell wrote a heartfelt message about Depot, noting that she catches mice and bugs, which is a benefit to the company. He also wrote that "the cat in the store brings good luck."
Fortunately, the appeal of Goodell has brought together thousands of people, thanks to the love of one cute cat. They convinced the store to change its mind, and it was announced that Depot could remain in the store. The store's management says that when she gets older and needs more attentive care, they want her to have a “healthier, safer living environment,” apparently from one of the many people who wanted to take her. At the moment, though, she can stay at Home Depot as much as she wants.