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The hell that is Build-a-Bear.

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Orangeanddemons Thu 02-Jan-14 16:37:50

Because it is he'll.

A queue that doesn't move. At. All.
Just when the queue seems to get smaller you realise that the family in front has 3 children to do.
The yoofs who stuff them. Clearly on minimum wage
The joy of creating the birth certificate whilst a million other people are shoving and pushing round you.
The queue for the till. As above.
The joy of receiving the birth certificate and noting that it is signed by the founder. Who is raking it in. A charming touch.


notallwhowander Fri 03-Jan-14 11:39:33


notallwhowander Fri 03-Jan-14 11:40:26

Think build a bear is definitely on a par with soft play on the parent torture scale...

17leftfeet Fri 03-Jan-14 11:41:14

We got trapped once

Dd got vouches for her birthday which is the week before Christmas -picked her bear and got in the stuffing queue
One of the assistants then started talking to dd and wrote her name on the label and asked what the bear was called and wrote that on the label too

Well we were past the point of no return by that point

I have MS and can only stand pain free for 20 minutes or so -we were there for an hour and 20 sodding minutes!!

Orangeanddemons Fri 03-Jan-14 12:27:46

Omg. I have just looked at Argos, there is a design a bear Furby dress up outfit on there.

I need to lie down. 2 nightmares together.

Hoppinggreen Fri 03-Jan-14 12:43:00

The staff are great in there but I remember going once and as we queued up with our hello kitty or cat, or dog, or rabbit ( no idea which one as we've got them all) me nd DD noticed that the rather camp gentleman on the till was wearing EXACTLY the same outfit as the bear displayed on the counter!!! Serious fit of the giggles from both of us. I actually asked if the outfits came in human size but he just looked at me blankly
By the way it was trousers and a shirt -- not Tinkerbell, but very funny even so

EddieVeddersfoxymop Fri 03-Jan-14 13:44:01

Our local Build a bear seems to be entirely staffed by old men.....confused.

It's very strange to see a chap in his 50s, with a bear strapped to his back in some sort of sling, pretending that he gives a shiny shite which outfit you've chosen for your stuffed bear. My DD is scared of men him and it puts her off going in, which is a crying shame as she loves dressing her bears. He's there all the time, along with other blokes who all share the same sullen, kill me now expression. Where are all the bouncy young things studentsto enthuse the kids and con the parents?

Chippednailvarnish Fri 03-Jan-14 14:14:57

I think I'd be sullen if I was nearing retirement age and my career had ended with me in a Build a Bear branch stuffing Ursidaes (is that the right term?).

Does anyone know if the Argos "Design a Bear" range clothing fit the bears from "build-a-bear"? Or am I being sucked in by the alleged uniqueness of Build-a-bear?

VoodooChimp Fri 03-Jan-14 14:22:07

Yes the design a bear clothes definitely fit build a bears. I doubt they'd fit the more unusually shaped ones like ponies or reindeers, but they defo fit the ordinary bears/rabbits/cats.

We have that furby costume orangesandlemons DD's cute little bunny rabbit is currently dressed as an evil purple furby grin

LadyIsabellasHollyWreath Fri 03-Jan-14 14:37:32

I think the staff are normally pretty good. If you're of a soppy disposition then it's probably quite a fun job despite the shit wages, sure beats frying chips for drunks at Chicken Shack.

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