24 Hour Fort challenge

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The 24 Hour Fort challenge[1] is a challenge which became popularised in 2018[2] in which participants must reach a location or venue before it closes for the evening and trespass on the property by hiding in a 'fort'. These forts are normally a hastily-constructed hiding place made by moving products on shelves in such a way that the participants can hide behind them, although some participants have carried out the challenge simply by hiding in areas such as public toilets and staff-only areas. Once the location closes, the goal is to remain in the venue for as long as possible before the location reopens in the morning, or until the building's staff or security apprehend the participants. Several store chains and companies have spoken out against the challenge,[3] and participants risk being banned from stores or facing criminal charges for trespassing, criminal damage and breaking and entering.

The challenge can be traced back to August 2016, in which two Belgian teenagers remained inside an IKEA branch after closing time by hiding in wardrobes.[4]

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  1. ^ "Viral 24-hour 'Fort Challenge' prompts warning from IKEA". The New Daily. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  2. ^ "How to tell if your child is taking part in the 24-Hour Fort challenge". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Ikea tells teens to stop holding illegal sleepovers in its stores". The Daily Telegraph Online. The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  4. ^ "TWO IDIOTS AT NIGHT IN IKEA". YouTube. 'Bakuna Fatata'. Retrieved 24 November 2017.