From bachelor parties to placing human remains within a softy cuddly form, the good workers at Build-A-Bear have to put up with a lot. In a Reddit post, employees and customers of Build-A-Bear share their weird, terrible, and heartbreaking stories about the drama involved in building a best friend.
Posted by Redditor u/namenerd77:
Earlier today I went to a birthday party for my daughters (6) friend from school. The party was being held at Build a Bear, but it wasn’t run by the employees. We had cake and pizza in the food court, then went down to Build-A-Bear to make bears, then back to friends house for the rest of the party.
The invitation said each kid (about 8 total) would get to make a bear, and I just assumed they would get to take them home, since that is what happened at another Build-A-Bear party I went to. Me and my husband even pitched in about $30 as we know these things can get expensive.
We get to the store, and the kids go wild getting their animals and accessories. As far as I know the parents didn’t really put a limit, but I made my daughter stick to just a standard dog with a shirt, which about half the parents did as well. All is well, we leave the store, then friends mom announces that the kids need to give all their animals to her daughter. Cue the upset and angry kids. They all disappointingly handed over their animals, and friend wasn’t even being nice about it either. Another little boy didn’t want to, and friend ripped it out of his hands. I probably should have said something, but I didn’t. The other parents seemed pretty baffled too.
We get back to friends house and our kids are watching as friend plays with all her new animals. I left with my daughter pretty quickly, and once we got back into the car she just started bawling. I felt bad so we went to build a bear and got her a new one.
This afternoon at school pickup me and another parent had a chance to talk with the mom of the party. It wasn’t a long conversation, but I’ll do my best to re-enact it here. Moms fake name will be Karen.
Insert awkward small talk here
Karen: ... I hope the girls enjoyed (daughters) party the other day. I know (daughter) had lots of fun.
Other mom: Haha yeah I was actually wondering about the whole (daughter) getting all the bears thing. The kids seemed pretty upset afterwards.
Karen: Oh yeah we wanted (daughter) to have a special animal decorated by each of her friends.
Me: Oh, okay. I was just wondering why the kids didn’t get to keep their bears. I even pitched in a little bit of money, assuming the bears would go to the kids.
Karen: Well I didn’t have enough money for each of the guests to make their own, that would get pretty expensive! If you want your money back I’ll see about getting it back to you. I don’t really see the problem though.
Me: Okay, well the kids were forced to give away their new creations, obviously they are going to be upset about it. I also don’t see why your daughter needs all these animals.
Karen didn’t respond and walked away right after, probably offended.
What bothers me is she said she “didn’t have enough money for all the kids to have one,” but she did have enough for her daughter to get like 8 bears. Just doesn’t really make sense.
From Redditor u/MistressFreyjaX:
Back in the earlier build a bear days, I was asked to put an urn that contained the ashes of their father who had recently passed from cancer into the bear. I didn’t know what to say and my manager was on break. They were really sweet and I completed the task for them (reed teddy, if I recall correctly). They also had previously recorded his voice so that also went into the teddy.
Twenty minutes later when my manager returned, I informed her of what happened and how I handled it and within the next few months we had a store policy of “no deceased remains."
Looking back on it, I’m happy I could do that for them. They even dressed it like him, and had planned to have it on the mantle for the family and grandchildren to press the hand and hear him.
Posted by Redditor u/queenkatz:
Never had anything that crazy. A few teeth put into bears (which is rank) and also a girl put her dead dogs fur into a bear.
I’ve had a young kid record a voice of him screaming "I will kill you."
From Redditor u/Trevor-On-Reddit:
Wasn’t an employee but I was there for this story. So, I was there getting a Build-A-Bear for my friend for their birthday. I was going to make it full of inside jokes and a few light inappropriate jokes. In front of me was a guy with a bear that looked like he actually put some thought into it. I was standing behind him when he did his recording. He was nice and cool, then he grabbed the mic. I thought he was going to say something nice because he told the guy working there that it was for his girlfiend. Here’s how this guy started his recording:
“Hey there you fat b**ch! I know you’re f**king with Reburto you f**king s**nk! You f**king... you f**king COW!”
Keep in mind, he’s screaming this in a store full of young children. The employee didn’t stop him because I assume he was too scared that he would probably rip his throat out if he intervened. Parents scrambling to cover their kids ears. The guy did this for I think a minute, but it felt like an eternity.
After getting his voice box sown into the bear, he practically skipped out of the store happy as a clam. I know why he did it, I’m sure he planned out a nice date with her and then he would give her the bear and crush her world. But this guy was yelling at the top of his lungs, when I made a dirty joke I was at least quiet so the kids behind me didn’t hear. Everyone wanted to kill him but they were also too scared to stop him. Not really weird, but everyone was speechless in that Build-A-Bear.