Boy lives in IKEA for six days

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Boy Found Living In IKEA After Running Away From Home


Ever think about how easy it would be to just live inside of an IKEA? A Chinese boy found out first hand.

According to Shanghai Daily, 12-year-old Peng Yijian ran away from home on November 3rd after getting in trouble for not doing his math homework. He was found six days later inside a nearby IKEA. The speculation is that he slept on showroom mattresses at night, and survived on free food samples handed out in supermarkets during the day.

The middle school student was found hungry, in a very weak condition, and was rushed to a hospital where he was put on an intravenous drip. His mother told reporters her son had run away from home before, but never for such a long duration of time.

If the boy really did manage to survive all that time in an IKEA, it wouldn't be too much of a surprise. Comedian and filmmaker Mark Malkoff partnered with the Sweden-based furniture store and also lived inside an IKEA for six days. He documented his experience his blog MarkLivesInIKEA.com.

On a lighter note, checking out people taking a nap in IKEA:
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BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: A Chinese shopper sleeps with her child on a bed in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: Chinese shoppers sleep on a sofa in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: A Chinese shopper sleeps in an offfice chair in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: A Chinese shopper sleeps on a bed in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: A Chinese shopper sleeps on a sofa in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: A Chinese shopper sleeps on a bed in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: A Chinese shopper sleeps on a bed in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: A Chinese shopper sleeps on a sofa in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: Chinese shoppers sleep on a sofa in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: Chinese shoppers sleep on a bed in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
An elderly Chinese (bottom) women rests on a sofa as people shop at an Ikea frurniture store in Beijing on August 15, 2011. Asia, including China and India, will be vulnerable if the US and Europe slip into another recession, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his annual policy speech, Lee warned it was possible the world would sink into another recession because of the debt crisis in Europe and the United States' economic woes that led to a landmark downgrade by Standard & Poor's of the country's top-notch credit ratings. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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