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IKEA bans gypsies from Croydon store car park Wednesday, 13th June 2012
The Croydon branch of Swedish furniture giant IKEA has begun to screen shoppers who arrive in camper vans in an effort to prevent travellers from setting up camp in the car park.
As reported by the Daily Mail, 27-year-old Luke Massey was challenged whilst on a visit to the furniture store with his girlfriend and her mother.
A security guard told the shoppers: “If you had said yes [to being a gypsy] I wouldn’t have let you into the premises”.
Massey said: “We were just aghast and my partner said ‘What? Are you serious?”
“We argued with him there for about a minute before he said ‘ok go on’, it was like he was convinced we weren’t gypsy so we could go on.”
Garry Deakin, Ikea Croydon store manager said: “Over recent months the travelling community in the Croydon area have been attempting to access the customer car park to set up their mobile homes, which not only has an impact on our customers’ shopping experience, but also poses a health and safety risk due to the build up of human and animal waste.
“After discussions with both the local traveller liaison officer and Croydon Council, Ikea Croydon implemented preventative procedures to secure the car park, including a security officer to patrol the entry to the car park to prevent the mobile homes entering the car park.”