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Hugging Strangers in Malls Not Allowed

Marius and Íris, 15-year-old students from Akurskóli in Innri-Njardvík in southwest Iceland, were prevented from giving shoppers free hugs by security guards at Kringlan and Smáralind shopping malls in the capital region last weekend.

The students traveled the 40 minutes to Reykjavík specifically to cheer people up with free hugs in Kringlan. A security guard did not fancy their initiative and asked them to leave, visir.is reports.

Marius and Íris then went to Smáralind to see whether shoppers would appreciate their offer there. The service desk staff gave them a green light and the students hugged dozens of people, bringing smiles to their faces, until a security guard asked them to stop.

He argued that others might start copying them and use the technique for pick-pocketing. Marius and Íris then gave up on hugging people but were dissatisfied with the security guard’s arguments.

Click here to watch a video of their initiative.

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