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Ikea: wrecker of unions, destroyer of lives, purveyor of annoyingly good deals on furniture.

It’s pretty much a huge cliche at this point that going to Ikea is a traumatic experience that has the power to tear the most rock solid of relationships asunder. There’s even been a 30 Rock episode about it. And yet, part of the place’s dark magic is that you forget how bad an ordeal it was immediately after you start enjoying your $20 Arstids and $50 Malms. Hence, it was with a moderate amount of hubris that my boyfriend and I approached our recent trip there, because we needed shit for our house and we couldn’t afford to go anywhere less pernicious. Reader, it was awful. Let this GIF-laden post stand as a reminder that yes, Ikea really is as evil as you remember, so maybe you should ask your boss for a raise and go to Crate and Barrel next time.

So you’ve finally convinced a man to move in with you. Good work, lady.

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But your new place looks like this:

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And you just spent all your money on a broker’s fee, i.e. a “you are now broke” fee. So you make a detailed list of what you need, borrow a helpful friend’s car, and head on down to Ikea, land of tiny meatballs and crazy deals.

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Hooray, you’re there! It doesn’t look so scary, really.

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Certainly not as bad as you remember it. So you grab a cart and one of those little pieces of paper to write down your BIN numbers, and get to shoppin’. YOU’VE GOT THIS.

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Here a malm, there a malm, everywhere a malm malm. You are fucking killing it with this shit.

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Like, seriously killing it. You might even have time to take a joyride to Fairway afterwards!

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You’re even pretty sure you can locate those pillows with the maps on them that you saw six rooms and one floor back in the “showroom.”

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“I’ll catch up with you in a second, babe. WE ARE GREAT AT THIS.”

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There they are. And they’re only ten cents each! Now, let’s just go back and put them in the cart…

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Um, hello? Boyfriend?

It’s okay, you’ll just give him a call.

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Just kidding, he left his phone in the car. Whatever, there’s only one direction he could’ve gone in, right?

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You’re all the way at the front register when you realize he’s back there somewhere looking for you.

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So you ask the nice ladies at the customer service desk if they can page him for you, and they’re like,

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“But I’ve been here all day and he has all the measurements and I’m never gonna find him otherwise and pleeeeeeze don’t let me die in here!”

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And they’re like “okay I’ll do it, but only if you stand over there and stop talking.”

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So you wait for a while in “The Bistro,” inhaling hot dog fumes and wondering if he even heard it. And then…

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There he is! You haven’t been this happy to see him since the first time he texted you back after you blew him.

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You’re both kind of mad at each other,

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but you realize the most important thing is G-ing TFO this place of riddles and insanity.

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Let’s promise never to go back, okay? It’s a good thing Ikea furniture lasts so long…

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See you next year!

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