A young Lithuanian couple recently got their five minutes of online fame after spending a whole day replacing over 100 framed stock photos at an IKEA store in Vilnius with photos of themselves without attracting any attention from the staff.
Erikas Mališauskas and his girlfriend found the stock photos at their local IKEA in Vilnius, Lithuania, so boring that they decided to do something about them. Last week, the young couple did a little reconnaissance in the furniture super-store and counted over 100 framed stock photos that needed replacing. It was more than they expected, but luckily their Instagram archive provided more than enough images of themselves to choose from. Next, they went to a local shop to print some of their social media photos, and on Saturday they went back to IKEA to make it their own, so to speak.
Mališauskas told Bored Panda that he and his girlfriend chose to undertake the photo swapping operation on the busiest day of the week to minimize the chances of being caught. In the beginning, they snatched the framed stock photos from the furniture displays and hid in the bathroom to change them, but they soon realized that the place was so crowded that no one was paying attention to them, so they relaxed and started changing the photos on the spot.
The two pranksters used photos from their travels, them getting drunk at music festivals and even replaced stock photos of babies with photos of the two of them as babies. It took them five hours to replace all of the over 100 stock photos in the store, but they did it, and no one even noticed.
“We hope that people will like our faces,“ Erikas wrote.
It’s not clear if IKEA found the couple’s prank amusing, or if any of their staff even noticed that all the photos in the Vilnius store had been changed, but I can’t imagine them being too mad about it. These photos do look way better than the stock ones, and plus, it can’t be worse than having people sleeping in their beds like it sometimes happen in the company’s Chinese stores.