"It is having a negative implication for our canteen's operation.

The Wall Street Journal reported: They sit for hours in the cafeteria, leaving behind orange peels and egg shells they have picked off boiled eggs brought from home.

Occasionally, security guards intervene to try to keep order. Policing the freeloaders and the unruly isn't so easy.

"We've been to fast food outlets like Mc Donald's, but there are barely any peers there," one man identified as Qiu, 86, told Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times. If there is another place in Shanghai where elderly people can gather, we are more than ready to pay twice as much and travel further."But maybe IKEA only has itself to blame.

Most of the elderly who visit the store looking for love are family membership cardholders, a credential that earns them a free cup of coffee in the cafeteria where they're no longer welcome to sit.

It makes it easy for the seniors, who show up in groups of 70 to 700 people, to chat over a cup of coffee.

And because IKEA serves free coffee to anybody carrying an IKEA Family membership card, some of the seniors don't even have to pay for their cup.

Attempting to tell a rowdy crowd of seniors to lower their voices recently, 24-year-old security guard Li Ya says he encountered resistance.

An older man who didn't enjoy being hushed by someone 40 years his junior, says Mr. "They always argue that they have the right to do what they want here," says Mr. Other participants do feel a little guilty for what they are turning their IKEA into.

Complaints were filed with the store about “spitting” and “quarrels and fights” breaking out between the elderly singles in the cafeteria.

#Ikea in Xuhui district has come up against a surprising foe in its attempt to make clients buy and consume food in its dining room.

An IKEA in the Xuhui district of Shanghai just banned elderly singles seeking love amongst home emporium’s Swedish meatball and pickled herring-filled cafeteria.