'Pay Your Age Day’ draws large crowd in Bossier City

'Pay Your Age Day’ draws large crowd in Bossier City
Believe the hype: ‘Pay Your Age Day’ was a success (Source: Eric Pointer)

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Thursday was the first-ever 'Pay Your Age Day' for all Build-A-Bear Workshop stores across the United States. The company allowed anyone of any age to purchase their bear for the same price number as their age.

For any guest over the age of 29-years-old, $29 was the stable price for them.

In Bossier City at the Louisiana Boardwalk, the line was backed up for hours as people waited to get the good deal.

For some guests, the long line didn't stop them from getting their furry friend.

Customer, Holli Hayslip, claimed to have been in line for two and a half hours as she was waiting next to the entrance where her and her son were close to be the next ones to enter the store.

"We were so glad we got here. Actually, kind of wish we got here a little bit earlier, but it was a pretty good time I think," says Hayslip.

Many people got to the workshop before the doors opened to try and avoid the long line like Gladys Holstine and her two nieces.

Holstine says they arrived around 8:00 am, and still had to wait in line for about an hour and a half. This was the girls' first Build-A-Bear, so waiting in the heat was worth it for them.

"I had a little fan on my phone. So, I was able to keep them cooled off. Keeping your kids cooled off is the main thing, and trying to keep plenty of water in line with you when you're there."

For other guests, waiting in line wasn't a choice for them.

"Oh my Gosh! It was just unbelievable," according to mother of two, Lamesa Fluery.

"We came down to get a bear for my son and my daughter, but the line is crazy long. So, we kind of missed out. We're not standing in a line this long. We'll just have to pay full price another time," says Fluery.

During the long business day, and before closing time, the Build-A-Bear corporate office announced nationwide through their website and Facebook page that they have stopped accepting guests for the day-long deal due to safety concerns.

A Boardwalk spokeswoman says they closed their location store for the day around 3:45 pm.

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