The Croydon branch of IKEA has been evacuated amid reports that a lunatic called in a bomb threat.
Terrified customers fled into the car part after the coded "time check" announcement was made over a tannoy.
The message reportedly tells staff to stop what they are doing and evacuate customers because a bomb threat has been made.
Customer Michael Cooper wrote: "Heard a ‘time check’ message in Ikea Croydon then all evacuated. Seems it was a bomb threat. The announcement said a 'time check for Ikea staff."
Another tweeted: "Avoid going anywhere near @ikeacroydon – we've just been evacuated as there has been a bomb scare in their car park!"
Journalist Abdelali Ragad added: "I am being evacuated now from Ikea in Croydon and a security member of staff told me about a bomb threat."
Ikea staff were blasted for the chaotic evacuation – with one customer saying staff pointed them in three different directions.
Gerard Gorman raged: "Being evacuated from Ikea; lots of police and told to move back for public safety.
"Inside the building had 3 staff within 5m pointing us to leave in 3 different directions.
"Cannot leave area – thousands of cars and just one entrance! Hopefully false alarm."
Anti-terror officers from Met Police swarmed the building after shoppers were kicked out.
The threat related to a discarded bag that staff assumed was a bomb.
Specialist cops examined the package and deemed it non-suspicious.
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