Haywood Mall Build-A-Bear begins issuing 'Pay your Age Day' vouc - FOX Carolina 21

Haywood Mall Build-A-Bear begins issuing 'Pay your Age Day' vouchers due to overwhelming shopper turnout

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Massive crowd turns out for Build-A-Bear sale (July 12, 2018/FOX Carolina) Massive crowd turns out for Build-A-Bear sale (July 12, 2018/FOX Carolina)
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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Hundreds of people wrapped around the second-floor balcony at the Haywood Mall Thursday waiting to snag a special deal at the Build-A-Bear Workshop, but some of them had to take a rain check.

The store opened at 9 a.m. for the special “Pay Your Age Day” sale.

On Thursday, a teddy bear would only cost the age of its purchaser, so a 5-year-old could get a bear for $5. They capped the amount at $29 dollars so no one would be paying more than that.

PHOTOS: Hundreds of families line up to get Build-A-Bear discounts at Haywood Mall

The sale was open to Bonus Club members, which the company said customers could sign up for at no cost. Children under 18 do not have to be club members but must accompany a Bonus Club member.

Huge crowds lined up outside Build-A-Bear stores around the country to try to get in on the deal.

The shopper turnout was so great that Build-A-Bear issued an urgent alert on their website:

Urgent Alert: Pay Your Age Day
Please be aware: Based on the unprecedented response to our Pay Your Age Day event in our early opening stores, we are experiencing significantly longer than expected lines and large crowds. Local authorities are requiring us to limit the lines and crowds due to safety concerns. We understand this is disappointing, we are working to address the situation, and we will be reaching out to our valued Guests soon.

Officials at the Haywood Mall location said they were at capacity at 9:45 a.m. and would have to cut off the line at a certain point. Everyone else in line would be given vouchers for another day, the mall said.

The business began issuing vouchers for $15 off a Build-A-Bear in the future.

Just after 11 a.m. Build-A-Bear announced that they had closed lines at all stores in the U.S. and Canada because of the overwhelming turnout:

**Urgent Alert: Lines Closed for Pay Your Age Day Event
Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests at our locations due to crowds and safety concerns. 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.

MORE: Today is Build-A-Bear's first-ever 'Pay Your Age Day'

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