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IKEA Busts Shoplifter With a Stolen Frying Pan in Her Leggings

Published On 01/06/2017 Published On 01/06/2017
Dani Rosemary/Facebook (EDITED)

A St. Louis woman was stopped by IKEA loss prevention personnel last week when she attempted to leave the store with what appeared to be a frying pan bulging from her skin-tight leggings. Worst IKEA hack ever?

Sierra Coleman, who was reportedly pregnant at the time of the incident, fought with the IKEA employees as they attempted to restrain her in the store parking lot, and vehemently denied any wrongdoing -- even as the handle of the purloined pan protruded from the waistband of her leggings.

The exchange was captured in a Facebook Live video by a fellow IKEA customer, and although the original Facebook Live video was deleted, it's since been re-uploaded by an unrelated Facebook user named Dani Rosemary. Check out the full clip below:

Dani Rosemary/Facebook

Although it wasn't captured in the video, one IKEA employee claims to have been bitten by Coleman in the scuffle, and despite her claims that possession of the $30 pan was only a misdemeanor, IKEA loss prevention held her until the police arrived. Surely biting a Swedish meatball would've been a better choice?

Coleman faces two misdemeanor charges for theft and assault, and reportedly paid 10% of her $5,000 bail -- that's $500, instead of the $30 it would've cost to just buy the pan outright. The fate of the frying pan itself, however, remains unclear.

Gianni Jaccoma is an editor for Thrillist, and he once stuffed an entire IKEA model kitchen in his sock. Follow him on Twitter @gjaccoma

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