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Japadog closes Richmond IKEA stand after online shaming

10/27/2013 09:13 EDT | Updated 12/27/2013 05:12 EST
A Vancouver hot dog chain has bowed to public pressure to close a temporary location in Richmond, B.C., after customers complained about it crossing a picket line.

Japadog had planned to sell its "Japanese style hot dogs" at the Richmond IKEA location for the next week, but the popular street food vendor became the subject of an online shaming campaign.

The Richmond IKEA store has been behind a picket line since late spring.

Over 350 workers, including restaurant staff, went on strike at the Richmond IKEA starting May 13, after contract talks broke down.

After opening Saturday for one day, Japadog announced on its Facebook page Sunday that it would close its Richmond IKEA-side location.

"Thank you for the comments and advice for our opening at IKEA Richmond store. We decided to close the location," the statement read.

In the note, Japadog also apologized to IKEA staff members for any inconvenience caused.

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