Many years ago I helped my niece assemble several pieces of IKEA furniture for her apartment. I arrived in time to take over the assembly of two pieces she was having problems assembling. One piece was a trundle bed and the other piece was an “S” shaped lounging chair. The bed I knocked off in short time and was proud of my rapid work. The chair proved much more challenging.
There were two identical “S” pieces that formed the sides and no matter how many times I tried to line up the pieces two of the screw holes never matched the cross members. They were less than an eighth of an inch out of alignment. After more than an hour I found the solution, the pieces were upside down (the upper and lower portions were not exactly the same dimensions and shape). Perhaps I should have read the instructions more diligently. An old axiom about putting kits together is if all else fails you should read the instructions. Last year my son assembled several IKEA bookcases without any problems. Not being a natural fix-it guy I know he read the instructions.
Although I have never shopped at an IKEA store I have a significant appreciation for the excellent products they sell. My niece and son love the pieces they have and both still shop at the store and at the on-line web store.
Last week news broke that IKEA had meatballs tainted with horse meat. I had to read that headline several times before it really sunk in what the story was about. Horse meat at a furniture store. Just that thought alone defies logic. Horse meat at a furniture store.
Great furniture, bad meatballs. In the calendar after Monday and Tuesday is WTF! WTF is IKEA doing with meatballs?
I imagine that during a sales or marketing meeting a hand popped and a junior executive blurted out a bright idea, “Let’s sell meatballs.” “Great idea,” another voice approved. Several years later we have horse meat tainted meatballs at the furniture store.
“Welcome to IKEA. Can I show you a couch, a desk or a meatball?” What is stranger: IKEA selling meatballs or meatballs tainted with horsemeat? There is an incongruity in that question that I am still trying to figure out.
Ten bonus points if you can enlighten me.
Last night I had a nightmare.
I came home from work and asked my wife what was for dinner?
She answered, “Meatballs with spaghetti. They had a sale at IKEA that I couldn't resist.”
Followup story: March 1, 2013
Horse meat found in Taco Bell in the United Kingdom. Or perhaps it was Gidget?