The Northern Star - - WORLD -

THERE have been chaotic scenes at Build-A-Bear’s stores world­wide, as des­per­ate par­ents scram­bled to buy bar­gain toys at its Pay Your Age Day pro­mo­tion.

Long queues and al­ter­ca­tions be­tween par­ents have been re­ported in the UK and US as fam­i­lies queued for up to nine hours, wait­ing to get their hands on the toys that usu­ally cost up to $90.

As part of the deal, shop­pers could buy a furry friend for as lit­tle as $1 ... or equiv­a­lent to their chil­dren’s ages.

To qual­ify, par­ents had to join the free Build-A-Bear bonus re­ward scheme.

But the stores had to shut down af­ter un­prece­dented queues, wit­nesses said.

One par­ent posted on Face­book: “Build-A-Bear queue is in­sane ... They’ve capped it at a pre­dicted nine-hour wait”.

Sky­lar Baughey, 8, hugs her troll af­ter com­plet­ing its con­struc­tion at the Build-A-Bear work­shop in Clear­wa­ter, Florida, and (inset) fam­i­lies wait in line dur­ing the Pay Your Age Day pro­mo­tion.

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