Dozens line up at Build-A-Bear for "pay your age" promotion

Shoppers queuing for hours to get inside Build a Bear

Shoppers queuing for hours to get inside Build a Bear

On Thursday, Build-A-Bear was set to celebrate "Pay Your Age Day" in the US, Canada, and the UK.

The website said local authorities helped them make the decision to close lines in all USA stores.

The company wrote in a Facebook post that it closed lines at its stores in Canada and the USA due to overwhelming crowds and safety concerns. One user, @JohnLuke_PW, joked that he'd spent "41 days" in line. "We are working to address the situation, and we will be reaching out to our valued Guests soon".

Build-A-Bear was forced to shut down a deal that allowed customers to "pay their age" for bears after chaos overtook malls across the United States. The discount applied to any Make-Your-Own bear in U.S., Canada and United Kingdom stores.

"The queues are starting to get so long and the store only has four staff making the bears, so I reckon will be waiting all day".

Unfortunately, stores were completely mobbed by crowds and the company had to start turning away customers.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, which has four Phoenix-area locations, called off the promotion in North America before 9 a.m. Arizona time.

Selena Torres, 3, waits for her unicorn to be filled Thursday by Tatiana Collado at the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick.

Some lines even wrapped around outside of the mall and into the parking lots.

"We feel it is important to share that, based on the information available to us before the day began, we could not have predicted this reaction to our Pay Your Age Day event", tge statement read.

A national promotion got more attention than expected at one local store.

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