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Build-A-Bear had to shut down Pay Your Age Day after chaos

Build-A-Bear had to shut down Pay Your Age Day after chaos

Build-A-Bear held a “Pay Your Age” promotion in its stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom today in which customers only had to pay the cost of the age of their child for the popular stuffed bears, which normally start at $30. Not surprisingly, it did not go well.

Lines were so long that the company was forced to cancel the promotion, forcing employees to turn away hundreds of customers, some who had been waiting for hours. Some customers in line did receive a $15 coupon, but most went home empty handed. Build-A-Bear posted this message on their website:

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

Here’s footage of the crowd at Fayette Mall this morning from our friends at LEX18:

Hello everyone! It’s Claire Kopsky – LEX 18. I’m here at Fayette Mall where hundreds are lined up for Pay Your Age Day at Build-A-Bear! Some have been camped out and waiting since 7:00 this morning!

Posted by LEX 18 on Thursday, July 12, 2018

And the line in Louisville:

Hundreds line up at Paddock Shops Build A Bear

Take a look at that line! Thousands of people are in line at Louisville's Build A Bear at the Paddock Shops for the "pay your age" promotion http://www.wlky.com/article/build-a-bear-lets-customers-pay-your-age-for-just-one-day/22096528

Posted by WLKY News on Thursday, July 12, 2018

This promo is problematic for many reasons. First, Build-A-Bear should have known this would happen. People will do ANYTHING to save a buck, including standing in line for hours on end. There’s no way supply could ever meet demand, resulting in an inevitable PR nightmare.

Secondly, unless you were one of the first 50 or so people in line, you probably should have known this would happen too. The offer said children must be present to get the special discount, so, you have to stand in line with your kid for hours knowing you might not get a $20 or so discount on a stuffed animal. I’m not a parent, but that doesn’t sound worth it. I’d fork over the extra money and spend my Thursday morning at the pool.


I don’t want to live in a world with five oceans

I don’t want to live in a world with five oceans

If you listened to today’s show, you heard me tell the story of how my world was turned upside down while playing trivia last night.

In case you missed it, here’s what happened: I was playing a trivia game that asked me to name the five oceans. I named four oceans — the four I was taught in school and have known my entire life — and then called the question stupid because there is not a fifth ocean. I was sure of it. A fifth ocean? That’s nonsense. What kind of trivia game doesn’t know there are only four oceans? Get outta here with this tomfoolery. Don’t you insult my Earth like that.

Then I was introduced to something called the Southern Ocean and I’ve never been so blindsided. This Southern Ocean thing is an actual fifth ocean, allegedly, and now everything I learned in school is a lie. I don’t know which way is up right now. I don’t know what to believe. I put my blood, sweat and tears into my West Broadway Elementary School education, and now you’re going to tell me it was all for nothing? You’re going to tell me that when my teacher stood in front of a classroom full of eager young minds and said there are four oceans, that I would later find out it wasn’t true? What’s next, huh? Did they make up gravity? Is long division a lie too? Was George Washington even a real person?

I thought we were past this after Pluto was ripped from my nine-planet solar system. I’m just now getting over that one, okay? But the lying didn’t stop there because we now have a fifth ocean and that is unacceptable to me. I refuse to acknowledge the Southern Ocean and its make-believe waters. It’s a sea of lies and fake news.

Read this nonsense Google told me when I demanded the truth:

The Southern Ocean is the ‘newest’ named ocean. It is recognized by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names as the body of water extending from the coast of Antarctica to the line of latitude at 60 degrees South. The boundaries of this ocean were proposed to the International Hydrographic Organization in 2000. However, not all countries agree on the proposed boundaries, so this has yet to be ratified by members of the IHO. The U.S. is a member of the IHO, represented by the NOS Office of Coast Survey.

What a load of crap. I hope the IHO’s stupid Southern Ocean dries up.

I want to live in a four-ocean world and I hope you feel the same. I ride or die with the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic.