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--- Quote from: Amara on October 28, 2013, 11:17:21 PM ---I hope the mods will allow a very brief off-topic detour. On the matter of IKEA, I would like to know why you can't turn around and go back the way you came. It sounds like you can't but I cannot figure out why. What's stopping you? (I've never been in one.)

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The entrance/exits take you on completely different paths. The entrance for every IKEA I've ever been to involves taking an escalator up at least one floor to the showroom-maze, where you follow a kind of winding trail through sample rooms of merchandise. Even a brisk walk through the showroom, following the posted shortcuts, is going to take you at a minimum 10 - 15 minutes. At the bottom is the warehouse, where you load up your flat-pack boxes of furniture to assemble at home, followed by an area full of decorations and housewares (although housewares--particularly kitchen items--are also scattered throughout the showroom and may not be in this section), and the checkout/returns area.

So you can go in the exit, but you'll probably have a much more difficult time finding what you want. You might not find out the thing you want is out of stock until you've gone through the whole store.

At ours, there are shortcuts, but you have to find a store map or ask a sales person to notice them.

The aisles in the maze are purposely narrow, so if you were to try to turn around and go against traffic, you'd have a terrible time and make life very difficult for those coming behind you.  The aisles are really only about 2-2.5 people-widths wide, so there's just no space for someone swimming against the current.  The little display rooms are cul-de-sacs; if you should foolishly walk into one to take a closer look at the sofa or bookcase or whatever, it's like trying to enter the freeway at rush hour to get back on the path.

I simply stick to the main rule of IKEA: Do not go on weekends, weekdays after 3 (wednesday 12 because primary schools are out then in The Netherlands), or school holidays.

I just bought a house and spend a lot of time at IKEA, last week was a school holiday and then i realised I forgot the last part, for the rest my shopping experiences there are great.

Special Snowflake of the Day at work:

This is a real chat support question I dealt with today.  I used find and replace to remove my name, the snowflake's name, and references to my workplace (CID stands for College ID in my chat - it's not actually what we call our student ID numbers, but you get the idea.)

Special Snowflake:
how can i create an account?
Welcome Special Snowflake! Your request has been directed to the (department Greencat works in). Please wait for our operator to answer your call.
Call accepted by operator Greencat. Currently in room: Greencat, Special Snowflake.
Good morning
Special Snowflake:
An account for what?
Special Snowflake:
the COLLEGE E-mail
Special Snowflake:
the COLLEGE Mascot Email
Please log on to the MyCOLLEGE portal, click the Mascot email link on the left hand side, and then click the create account button.
You must log into the portal first.  That step is vital.
Special Snowflake:
do i click sign on for the myCOLLEGE portal?

Red Alert!  Red Alert!  This person has never interacted with this page before.  This does not bode well for the conversation.

That is how you log in to the portal.
Special Snowflake:
 then it is asking for my CID and password
Special Snowflake:
what is a CID?

Mayday!  Mayday!  As soon as your application to my college is processed, they send you an email telling you about this "CID," and how to retrieve it  This person, at best, submitted their application over the weekend, and it hasn't been processed yet.  Note that I said "at best."

Did you apply to COLLEGE?
Special Snowflake:
not yet
I'm sorry, those email address are for admitted COLLEGE students only.
Special Snowflake:
u were very nice helping me
Thank you for contacting the COLLEGE (department where I work). I hope you have a pleasant day.
Special Snowflake:
i like you
Special Snowflake is now off-line and may not reply. Currently in room: Greencat.

I was very, very, very confused by the end of the conversation.  I was afraid it was going to veer off into eye-bleach territory, but fortunately the Snowflake just logged off.

If you're wondering why this person is a Special Snowflake, realize that he was asking how to create an account that identified him as a student of a college where he hadn't even submitted an application!


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