500 Days of Summer made IKEA look like a cutesy setting for a date, but let’s be honest here: At one time or another, we’ve all seriously wondered whether it’s possible to just, like, legitimately LIVE in the mammoth utopian store. (Nearly all my furniture’s from there, so the idea’s popped up more times than I’m willing to admit.)
One Chinese boy named Peng Yijian actually tried it out at a Shanghai IKEA after running away from home earlier this month. He survived, and went undetected, in the store for nearly a freaking week:
Peng Yijian, who is just 12 years old, went on the run in Shanghai Nov. 3 after getting into trouble with his mom for not doing his math homework. He spent a week traipsing the streets and living off free food samples handed out by the city’s supermarkets, reports Shanghai Daily.
It’s unclear exactly where he slept at night, but some reports have speculated he slept on one of the Swedish furniture retailer’s show beds.
The Longyuan Middle School student was finally caught Sunday afternoon. Police spotted him on surveillance camera at Shanghai South Railway Station the previous day.IKEA Recalls Beach Chairs Because They’re Trying To Kill You And Take Over The World IKEA’s Award-Winning Refugee Shelters Are Literally Saving Lives
What’s remarkable is that after the boy was run over, he stood back up and walked away. The path of the vehicle suggests someone was indeed steering it, so it rules out the possibility that the SUV was simply rolling down the street on its own after being left in an unsafe gear and ignored.
What else appears shocking is how the driver never seemed to notice the child and kept driving at the same relative speed, as though to get away and not bring attention to it. The only reason the boy survived the accident is because he was caught between the wheels, a stunt sometimes seen in various TV shows and films. The SUV’s chassis clearance and the boy’s small frame seemed just enough to not cause any serious damage, aside from the nerves of the Chinese boy’s grandfather, who witnessed the incident on the news.
VIDEO: 6-year-old Chinese boy run over by SUV while playing in street; gets up, walks away: http://t.co/Ce5kS5nX7W pic.twitter.com/4PxBoAmRci
The grandfather says he cried when he saw the video because the boy could have easily been killed, but wasn’t. The six year old only suffered minor scrapes and cuts from the incident which could have cost him his life.
The driver of the SUV may have been under the influence of illegal substances, a possibility suggested by the lack of recognition that the boy was in front of the car. The car seemed to slow for a second as though the driver realized something was wrong, and then it kept going. The reason for the driver’s actions have not been reported.
Again, the young boy was reportedly okay, mostly due to the luck involved in how the SUV went over him. Have you had any brushes with death similar to what happened to this Chinese boy?
[image via New York Daily News ]
A toddler ran away from home and traveled five kilometers to get to his favorite fast food restaurant and eat burgers.
Mr. Li who lives in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, took a nap on the afternoon of April 16, but when he woke up his 3-year-old son had disappeared, reported Hangzhou Daily .
The panicked parents immediately notified the police who launched a search for the little boy.
After four hours, they still hadn’t found him. Luckily, a KFC worker contacted the police to report that a small child had been sitting all alone in their restaurant for a long time.
When the police arrived at the KFC restaurant, they found the lost boy sitting quietly and staring at the menu.
After the boy was asked why he had come there alone, he simply repeated: “I want to eat burgers; I want to eat a hamburger!”
Since it was dinner time, the policeman bought him a chicken burger which the child ate with obvious pleasure while they waited for his parents to arrive.
After the joyful reunion with their son, the young couple said they often take a bus to go to KFC and eat hamburgers.
The police are not sure how the toddler managed to get to the restaurant, which is about five kilometers from his home, since he had no money with him to buy a bus ticket.
Have you ever wanted to run away? That's a big step in life. You may need some time to think about whether you want to "run" or not. There are many reasons why young people would want to run away from home–some of them good, and some of them not so good. Remember to think of the bad things that can happen. Probably the most important thing for young people to understand is that running away is lot harder, and a lot less glamorous, than you may think. There are cold, sleepless nights; there is danger and hunger; there's a general sense of being lost and not really knowing where you need to go. That being said, there may be legitimate reasons for wanting to run away. Read this article in order to help you weigh the consequences, and get a head start if you end up deciding that's the right call for you.Steps Edit Part One of Four:
Stop and think about your possible actions. Why do you want to run away? Is there a really good reason to run away, or are you just bored or tired with your situation? There's a difference between running away for a good reason (you're in physical danger) and running away for a bad reason (you just got in a small fight with your parents). Don't make a hasty decision in the heat of anger; you might regret it later.
Think about all the people you might be affecting by running away. Humans are social. We bond together out of need and necessity, but also because we gain satisfaction from being close to one another. Try to think about the people who will be seriously affected by your decision. You owe it to them. You may not know it, but they think about you all the time.
Understand that in many cases, running away from home is illegal. Although most states won't punish minors (someone under the age of 18) for running away from home, several states consider it illegal. In Georgia, Idaho, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming, running away from home is a status offense, meaning that it's against the law if you are under 18. 
Talk to someone about your plans to run away. Consider calling 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUN-AWAY) or going to http://www.1800runaway.org to talk about your situation and all the options you have.
Address the motivation for wanting to run away, if possible. There are many reasons why a child would want to run away. Addressing the reason why could help you solve the problem before it gets so bad that you feel forced to run away. Here are some statistics:
Write a list of all the pros and cons of running away. Often, putting your thoughts down on paper has a soothing effect, making things more clear in the process. Here are some possible pros and cons of running away.
Give your emotions one week to cool off before making any big decisions. Often, we let our emotions make decisions for us when we think we're being rational. This can be a good thing, but sometimes it's bad, because we trick ourselves into thinking that we're being rational. To let your emotions cool off and really give yourself time to think about your possible life-changing decision, wait a week before doing anything. Reach out to people you can trust and perhaps talk it over with them. After a week, your rational brain will probably have had time to make a decision. This is different for each case, and so you should weigh the consequences for running away if your parents were to find you. Some parents get mad at you, instead of trying to help you.
Make up a story. You'll have to accept that at some point, someone is going to want to know where you came from, or what you are doing. You're probably going to need to do some thinking about this. Think of something reasonable and realistic, but don't say you ran away.
Live near large grocery stores or candy stores. These places will usually have food samples open to the public which you can snack on, though make sure you take a cart with you and try to look like you have a purpose; don't hang around. Also, you can use the public bathrooms to wash yourself and do your business.
Find shelter if you haven't. If you don't have a place to stay, you'll have to find shelter elsewhere. Try finding a reasonably safe spot under a bridge, in an alcove, in an abandoned building somewhere. or perhaps in a public building that stays open 24/7. If these don't work out, try looking for the nearest homeless shelter, and check their availability.
You'll probably begin to need money at some point, so learn how to panhandle . Panhandling is asking other people for money. There's not much pride in it, and many people will flat-out ignore you, but with the right strategies, you could be quite successful, and maybe even get enough to save some money.
Don't use the foreign accent ploy. Some people find faking a foreign accent tempting, but this is typically a bad idea. A foreign accent draws attention to yourself. People will want to know more about you and your culture, when you should really be trying to be as invisible as possible. Moreover, faking an accent is extremely difficult; it doesn't matter how good you think your foreign accent is, it matters how much everyone else does.
Maintain yourself. This part is by far the hardest, particularly maintaining a healthy diet and a good hygiene. Hospitals are known to keep exceptionally clean restrooms, and offer good privacy. Here are some other tips that you can use to keep your hygiene high even if your spirits are low:
Decide what happens when you run out of food. Come up with a plan, and if you run out of suitable options, consider returning home, or if you're really true about running away, try to start a new life. Get a job, some shelter (no matter how bad, all you need is protection from the weather), and some friends in your new city or town.
Control any desperation productively. When you're down on your luck and you have nowhere else to turn, you can begin to feel pretty desperate. Try to control that emotion instead of letting it push you to do rash things. Get some good food into your stomach, even if it means spending every penny you have. Take a deep breath, even if it feels like wasting time. Think back to a time when you felt powerful and resourceful, ready to take on the world. Control your desperation by controlling your attitude. There is no problem that can't be tackled by a little bit of imagination and pluck.Part Four of Four:
Avoid hitchhiking. Keep in mind, if you do decide to hitchhike. that there are drivers that will do some bad things to you. They could abandon you or even hurt you. However, on the flip-side, there are also really nice people out there who would gladly take you with them. It's all about reading the driver and making a decision.
Protect yourself. If you are in a big city with many people, know that there are likely people who could pose a threat to you. Bring something with which you can defend yourself, such as pepper spray. Being aware of dangers and avoiding them is usually better than having to confront them, however.
Don't get pulled into prostitution. Don't let anyone do anything to you that you are uncomfortable with and if you get desperate enough that you feel you need to resort to this, seek help. Local charities and churches will help you without asking too many questions.
Avoid drugs and alcohol. Homeless youth are significantly more likely to fall into drug and/or alcohol use. This can lead to diseases like HIV/AIDS or even death from overdose. This is just aside from the other side effects of drug and/or alcohol use. Be careful and do not use drugs, no matter how bad you feel.
Try to avoid getting arrested. Homeless people are much more likely to be arrested, usually for being a nuisance, loitering, or trespassing. You want to avoid having to spend a lot of time in jail, so be careful where you go and how you look and act.
Be careful around the other homeless people. Many people are homeless because they just hit some hard times and these people can be perfectly wonderful. But there are also a lot of homeless people that are very desperate, or mentally unstable. Especially in the US, where mental health care is notoriously inadequate, many mentally ill people end up on the streets. These people can be dangerous and may attack you for no reason. Try to avoid being around other homeless people to keep yourself safe.
Talk to yourself. Do you really have to run away? Don't take and harsh decisions in hurry. There are other options for young people.
Visit http://www.1800runaway.org or call 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUN-AWAY) to talk about your specific situation and options you have. If your situation is abusive, dysfunctional, related to substance issues, related to your relationship or anything else, it's good to have someone to talk to before going on your own.
Ask yourself: Is there someone else you can stay with, such as a trusted grandparent, instead of running away?
Wear a cap or something that reasonably covers your head/face when traveling on a train because the CCTV footage in the local train station will be checked.
On the other hand, do not stay in a place where your parents or the police will know to look for you. Your boyfriend/girlfriend's, family members' and close friends' houses are the first places they are going to check.
This should be fairly obvious, but avoid places where you could be seen by someone that knows who you are and could in turn report you to the police. This is why you must try to get a safe distance from home.
Don't freak out if you appear on the news. If you are a missing person chances are there will be a news bulletin about you. If you see yourself on the news in a public place, calmly exit the shop/other place that has a tv.
Don't tell your friends that you're running away. They might tell your parents.Unless they are loyal and are going to help you run away.
Also, try not to wear anything that someone might recognize you in. For example, if you always wear a Bears cap, don't wear it!
If you carry your things in a backpack, then you will look like an average kid going to school to adults.
If you're low on food, go to a supermarket and inconspicuously go to an isle. Grab some food and head to the bathrooms to eat. Throw all boxes and wrappers out. Then leave unnoticed, preferably with a large group. Never go to the same store twice, as the employees will notice you.
Be polite, but don't get particularly friendly with anyone or they'll want to know all about you.
If you do decide to run away permanently however, you should probably try to change yourself. Think of this as a "fresh start." Changing your name is a good start. A new hairstyle and new makeup will differentiate you from your past self. Try new clothes as well.
Bring something to do when you decided to run away. You might get bored.
Stay somewhere where you know your parents and the authorities aren't likely to find you, such as a trustworthy acquaintance or a friend that your family doesn't know about.
This is vital, do not update your social media! Don't add any new friends on your old account. Just leave it, but don't get rid of it, you know, just in case. Make a new account for your fake name if you feel the need to, but remember it is risky!
You can use public washrooms in malls and shops, and you can tend to your hygienic needs in public pool or gym changing rooms.
Leave a note so your parents know you weren't kidnapped. Don't give away too much information, though!
You may want to try rotating homes between friends. Start off somewhere where no one will look for you, then after a bit, or when another person notifies you, leave that place and stay with a different person. However, you will need floor plans of each house you stay at to determine the best route out in case of emergency. You also have to be sure that you do NOT leave anything behind that could clue in authorities.
If you have good skills in the wilderness, you could try packing a tent and start living there for a while. This is not a good permanent solution, however.
If/When you get found, be honest with the reason for why you left.
You could just pack one set of clothes and just stay away for one night. Your parents will get the message and you will avoid the dangers of leaving for good.
Running away usually isn't the answer, but it's safer to stay at a friends house then to sleep on the streets.
Remember that, regardless of how successful you are in running away, you will likely end up returning home eventually.
Avoid places where you might like to spend all your time. A restaurant or arcade you enjoy is somewhere authorities will check.
Always be on the lookout! Even if you don't know it then, people may know your face if you've been gone a while. Keep watch, try to find a group of friends and runaways. It sounds impossible, but there are a few unknown full empty buildings around. Not all of them are safe, so be careful!
Don't bring too much, as it will weigh you down. However, maybe bring two or three outfits. If you always wear the same thing, it will be much easier to track you down. Anyone who has seen you will say, "Oh yeah, the teenager with brown hair? The one wearing a pink t-shirt and jeans? She went that way" (or whatever your physical description is). If some people say "The girl wearing red?" and some say, "The girl wearing blue?" then you will be a lot harder to find.
Do not forget to bring food or water!
Take a friend if possible it helps keep sanity and keeps you safe.
Bring spare clothes. You don't want to be scummy. Particularly jeans, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks, shoes, and spare food if you have any. Never hitchhike because you don't know them and it's really risky.
If you truly don't want to be found, sometimes it may help to look like the opposite sex. A female would find it easier to wear something a male would wear. A male dressing like a female can be difficult but it can be achieved if you have the right clothing. Appearance changes will make a difference if you are trying to evade being spotted.
Make sure you stay low-key and draw as little attention to yourself as possible.
Bring non-perishable foods that you can eat in small portions over time. Foods which are packed in cans such as corn, peas, or beans are good foods to bring.
Check if there's a food bank or pantry in your town or city. Food banks give free food to people.
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