Build-A-Bear Stores Forced To Close During Sale Due To Crowds

Build-A-Bear Shuts Down ‘Pay Your Age’ Sale Because Sh*t Got Crazy

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Build-A-Bear workshops had to close down due to massive crowds and angry customers

Amid a feverish craze not seen in malls since the height of the Beanie Baby days, Build-A-Bear workshops all across the U.S. had to shut down early yesterday because crowd sizes became unmanageable during their first “Pay Your Age” event. We’re talking thousands of people lined up before the stores even opened levels of insanity.

Literally just hours after it began, the sale event was forced to shut down because of the chaos erupting in stores everywhere. The promo offered customers the chance to buy any of their stuffed animals for the amount of the age of the purchaser — meaning a two-year-old’s bear would be $2. Which is a total steal, considering their toys normally range in price from $20-35.

But because we can’t have nice things, people flocked to the stores with Black Friday levels of fervor and adults started physically assaulting each other and small children everywhere couldn’t hold their pee in a 600-people-deep line. Stores were forced to shut down super early, with the store citing safety concerns due to crowd size.

Just…total insanity.

“Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests at our locations due to crowds and safety concerns,” Build-A-Bear said in a statement. “We have closed lines in our U.S. and Canada stores. We understand some Guests are disappointed and we will reach out directly as soon as possible.”

So people did what people do best in situations where they’re unhappy with service they receive — they took to social media.