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Police officer forgets gun at Ikea toilet

TT/The Local/pvs · 19 Sep 2011, 08:16

Published: 19 Sep 2011 08:16 GMT+02:00

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The officer swung off the E4 motorway to grab a bite for lunch at Ikea's flagship Kungens Kurva store in south-western Stockholm.

After enjoying her meal, the officer visited the restaurant toilet before leaving the furniture store and continuing her day.

When she arrived at the police station a couple of hours later, she discovered that her service pistol was missing.

She soon recalled that she had placed her weapon on the waste-paper basket in an Ikea toilet.

A representative from the local police department proceeded to ring up the Ikea store and was told that the gun had been handed into the lost and found and was available for collection.

"Yes, we have a pistol here," Stockholm police were told by Ikea staff, according to a report in the Metro daily.

The forgetful officer has reported the matter to her superiours and an internal investigation into the her conduct has been launched.

The officer explained that in order to remember her pistol she usually leaves it on the sink but as the simple toiler cubicle lacked one, she was obliged to place it on the waste-paper basket.

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Depending on the findings of the internal police investigation, the officer may risks receiving a warning and a possible dock in pay.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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09:55 September 19, 2011 by London_Jim
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10:06 September 19, 2011 by Kevin Harris
I don't think Swedish police (male or female) should have firearms at all. Everytime they draw a weapon, they either lose it, accidently discharge it, accidently shoot someone with it, or deliberately shoot someone with it when there was no need to do so. I once saw two Swedish policemen waving firearms during an arrest at a Shell station.

Has a Swedish policeman ever once propely discharged his/her weapon in the call of duty?
10:18 September 19, 2011 by Borilla
Its okay, they are not allowed to have bullets anymore.
10:29 September 19, 2011 by Rossminster
Love the picture. If this was Viz comic, it would be captioned "A toilet, yesterday."
10:44 September 19, 2011 by mamegoma
I like how it was in lost and found. "Oh hey, found this pistol in the woman's restroorm, I think someone may have forgotten it..." Ikea personnel thought nothing of it to call the police? lol.
10:52 September 19, 2011 by Robbie619
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11:08 September 19, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
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11:08 September 19, 2011 by McChatter
It's all Kamprad's fault! Too stingy to supply good closets with proper hooks to hang your firearms on!
11:24 September 19, 2011 by RobinHood
An interesting dilemma for the Local's moderator this morning. Poor London Jim got his message deleted for writing in similar terms to #6 and #7.
11:39 September 19, 2011 by London_Jim
Note to female police officers - if there is no sink to rest your weapon on, put it in your hand-bag alongside your make-up for safekeeping.
12:18 September 19, 2011 by Svensksmith
Barney Fife had a sister?
13:48 September 19, 2011 by anniegother
An incident like this spelled the beginning of the end for Wallender......
14:20 September 19, 2011 by GLO
No wonder....
14:57 September 19, 2011 by Stitched
So why was the firearm out of it's holster, exactly? One has to wonder why she felt the need to draw the gun to do her "business".
20:11 September 19, 2011 by Gabin
is this a blonde story.-.
21:14 September 19, 2011 by Scansson
This is no laughing matter!!!

Gun laws in Sweden are quite straight forward...

The firearm is to be in site of the 'owner' at ALL times, and is not to be left unattended, especially a loaded weapon!

I know this because I have taken the Swedish Firearms safety course at a local Pistol Club.

If this were a private citizen who had 'misplaced' their pistol, they would have to deal with the Police and might lose their gun privileges forever.

It's very fortunate for the Police officer in question that the gun did not fall in to the wrong hands of a criminal who would in turn use it against another, or in a worst case scenario, that a child could have found it.

At best the officer should be suspended without pay, a competence hearing should be held whether they should retain their employment as a Police officer, and if there had been a 'mishap' of the unrecovered weapon, charges could also be filed.
21:55 September 19, 2011 by colombianska_tjej
Only in Sweden
22:44 September 19, 2011 by The_Truthisbitter
Is this cheap, free publicity for IKEA? " Ikea's flagship , Ikea Toilet,Ikea store"
23:22 September 19, 2011 by wxman
This is more validation for the point I made in the article about the two year old.
00:04 September 20, 2011 by motti
Was it a water pistol?
00:10 September 20, 2011 by dizzymoe33
Gross no sink in the bathroom so she used her uniform to wipe her hands on it then?!!
01:02 September 20, 2011 by Njal
She had a lot on her mind.
05:57 September 20, 2011 by Sleepless In Malmo
They probably disassembled it, flat-packed it, included an instruction manual, and gave her a piece of paper with the row and shelf number written on it. Then she had to go and pick it up herself...Serves her right...:-)
11:56 September 20, 2011 by J Jack
How about the person that found it? Must have had to carry it to lost property .. so the article could have been, 'armed stranger walks around Ikea, gun in hand, un-noticed'.
12:21 September 20, 2011 by abaraham
it will be nice if she take her semister and go to Africa,meet sombody there just to reset her mind.i hope she will be good cop....
02:41 September 21, 2011 by SirAdam
her pay docked? correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't she get to arrest people on weapons charges. just another example of the police state. hypocriciy - do as I say not as I do
09:49 September 21, 2011 by big5
People are more and more absent minded because they are damaged by mobile phone radiation.

That cop should try hanging her holster over the door handle of the toilet. Hard to forget it that way.
11:16 September 21, 2011 by Nilspet
Why did she have to remove her pistol at all when visited the toilet? I agree with those who said that Swedish policemen/women should not carry pistol at all.
14:43 September 23, 2011 by tadchem
Somebody needs a desk job.
18:57 September 23, 2011 by Observant
Internal Affairs to investigate. What a laugh!

NOTHING will be done, and a deduction of pay and a warning will be given!! Don't for one minute believe THAT crap. It will all be swept under the carpet.

What about other poor civilian bastards who just happen to do the same or break some other MINOR gun law they are dealt with in the STONGEST possible manner. We civilians CANNOT and are NOT allowed to be absent-minded when it comes to weapons.

We have to do or die in that case there is NOTHING in between!!

That police officer should be charged with a criminal offense and discharged from the police force. Treat her EXACTLY like the police would treat us civilians.

The law is abundantly clear, she broke the law and, therefore, she MUST be made accountable in a civilian court of law since the offense happened outside the jurisdiction of a police station. If something happened in the confines of a police station THEN it should be a matter for Internal Affairs.

There cannot be a law for the police and another law for us civilians. Ohhhh how stupid of me, I forgot we are in Sweden!
22:53 September 23, 2011 by swedczech
She must have read Wallander book "Den orolige mannen", just that he forgot his at the pizzeria.
12:02 September 24, 2011 by klingon63
HAHAHAHA....! That's funny! I work as a guard in central Gothenburg. When I speak to the ladies and gents in blue tonight... Will I keep a straight face..? I don't think so... HAHAHA!
21:47 September 24, 2011 by Donal Martin
Since I do not live in Sweden I don't know how common it is for a restaurant there to have a restroom without a sink. Are there not any laws requiring sinks, soap, and towels in an establishment where food is consumed? One can only hope that the employees have a separate toilet where they wash their hands before handling any food. This is all quite disgusting and gross.
10:07 September 25, 2011 by salalah
Luckily, she didn't forget it in the men's batroom. Then no-one knows what would have happened, would some little Usama have found it...
21:49 September 26, 2011 by conboy
Ah the milk of human kindness runneth over ....
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