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Posted: July 12, 2018

Build-A-Bear chaos: Stores shut down after unprecedented lines at malls nationwide

See Long Lines at the Build-A-Bear ‘Pay Your Age’ Promotion

By Lauren Padgett, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Build-A-Bear’s “Pay Your Age” day is causing huge lines and chaos in malls across the country.

Lines for the sale -- which allows customers to pay their age for any bear -- are so long that Build-A-Bear had to shut them down.

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Lines spread across malls across the country for Build-A-Bear's "Pay Your Age" day.

Authorities told stores to close the lines and not accept additional customers, due to crowd and safety concerns, the company stated.


People at the Carolina State Mall told WSOC they had been waiting in line for over three hours.


Viewer Lukas Hopper sent WSOC video from inside, showing lines wrapped around the interior perimeter of the mall and spilling outside.

KIRO reports that over 5,000 people lined up outside the Tacoma Mall in Tacoma, Washington. 

There were huge lines at the Alderwood Mall in Snohomish County and Westfield Southcenter Build-A-Bear locations as well. 

In Florida, WFTV found shoppers were willing to pay cash for a spot in line at one mall.

Other long lines were spotted across the country.


Build-A-Bear pay your age promotion:  Lines closed, limited due to popularity

Update 11:25 a.m. EDT July 12: Build-A-Bear Workshop stores are closing the lines to shoppers who are looking to cash in on the pay your age promotion.

According to the company, local authorities across the country have told the stores to close the lines and not accept any more guests in the stores in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, click here.

Original story: Build-A-Bear Workshop has a new age-based promotion -- where you pay an amount equal to your age for one of the company’s stuffed animals.

For today, July 12, only, your age or your child’s age will net you a new furry friend for the amount that matches the age. 

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But don’t worry. If you’re 60, you won’t be plunking down $60 for a stuffed animal. Officials with the company say no one will be over the age of 29 on Thursday. But if you do take a 1-year-old to the store, the bear will only cost you $1. 

There’s a catch, though. The deal is only available for members of Build-A-Bear’s Bonus Club. The deal is only while supplies last and is limited to one per customer. It is only available in stores, not online. 

For more information, click here.

Nadia Patinskiy

Build-A-Bear chaos: Stores shut down after unprecedented lines at malls nationwide

Nadia Patinskiy

Build-A-Bear chaos: Stores shut down after unprecedented lines at malls nationwide

Long lines have shut down Build-A-Bear locations across the country as people rush to participate in the company's 'Pay Your Age' day.

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