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    First World Problems

    Hundreds of thousands of refugees from war and oppression flee into the unknown, while others scavenge a hostile countryside for the means to keep themselves and their children from imminent starvation; meanwhile...

    Carnage at Build-A-Bear: Parents face 9-hour queues and fears of riots

    There are scenes of chaos around the country and fears of 'riots' as thousands of families queue for Build-A-Bear stores' 'Pay Your Age Day' promotion.

    Parents are reporting queues of up to nine hours as stocks run out because of an 'unprecedented demand' for the teddy bears, which can sell for up to £50 -- but are on offer today for as little as £1.

    Stores in Telford, Shropshire, Basingstoke, Hampshire and Sheffield were forced to close early and refused people entry amid 'extreme crowds and safety concerns.'

    Anthony, one father who was among around 2,000 other people waiting with their children -- some of whom had been taken out of school -- said: 'I don't know what's worse, England losing or queuing for a bear.'

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/comp...D=ansmsnnews11


    'Not Worth It!' Child Decries 4-Hour NYC Build-a-Bear Ordeal as 'Extreme Crowding' Shuts Down 'Pay Your Age' Day

    Parents and children waited in line for hours outside a New York City Build-a-Bear workshop Wednesday to cash in on the company's first-of-its-kind "pay your age" promotion only to be told they would not be allowed inside.

    The same fate befell shoppers at every one of the company's workshops in the United States and Canada on Monday as Build-a-Bear Workshop, which had offered people the chance to pay their age for any stuffable animal, had to shut it down due to "extreme crowding" and potentially dangerous congestion.

    At a Build-a-Bear workshop on 34th Street, parents with small children still waiting on line at 1:30 p.m. said they been there since 6 a.m. The line -- which stretched around half a block to Sixth Avenue -- was closed, but some patrons were still being allowed to trickle in.

    A lack of regulation on line was causing tensions to boil over just before 3 p.m., with mom Nicole Castro confronting Build-a-Bear staff about the lack of monitoring of those who were skipping line.


    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/loca...488029091.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougRich View Post
    Hundreds of thousands of refugees from war and oppression flee into the unknown, while others scavenge a hostile countryside for the means to keep themselves and their children from imminent starvation; meanwhile...

    Carnage at Build-A-Bear: Parents face 9-hour queues and fears of riots

    There are scenes of chaos around the country and fears of 'riots' as thousands of families queue for Build-A-Bear stores' 'Pay Your Age Day' promotion.

    Parents are reporting queues of up to nine hours as stocks run out because of an 'unprecedented demand' for the teddy bears, which can sell for up to £50 -- but are on offer today for as little as £1.

    Stores in Telford, Shropshire, Basingstoke, Hampshire and Sheffield were forced to close early and refused people entry amid 'extreme crowds and safety concerns.'

    Anthony, one father who was among around 2,000 other people waiting with their children -- some of whom had been taken out of school -- said: 'I don't know what's worse, England losing or queuing for a bear.'

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/comp...D=ansmsnnews11


    'Not Worth It!' Child Decries 4-Hour NYC Build-a-Bear Ordeal as 'Extreme Crowding' Shuts Down 'Pay Your Age' Day

    Parents and children waited in line for hours outside a New York City Build-a-Bear workshop Wednesday to cash in on the company's first-of-its-kind "pay your age" promotion only to be told they would not be allowed inside.

    The same fate befell shoppers at every one of the company's workshops in the United States and Canada on Monday as Build-a-Bear Workshop, which had offered people the chance to pay their age for any stuffable animal, had to shut it down due to "extreme crowding" and potentially dangerous congestion.

    At a Build-a-Bear workshop on 34th Street, parents with small children still waiting on line at 1:30 p.m. said they been there since 6 a.m. The line -- which stretched around half a block to Sixth Avenue -- was closed, but some patrons were still being allowed to trickle in.

    A lack of regulation on line was causing tensions to boil over just before 3 p.m., with mom Nicole Castro confronting Build-a-Bear staff about the lack of monitoring of those who were skipping line.


    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/loca...488029091.html
    People are just crazy. The day that anyone catches me queuing up for hours for anything as trite as a toy, is the day they should put me in a home. I can't even imagine what would ever compell me to stand in line that long, unless there were food shortages and that was the only way to get food.
    "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” Mahatma Gandhi

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    Back when the Diamondbacks started giving away bobble heads on certain game days, there were lines down the block to get into the ballpark several hours before the gates would open. And many people would go in, get their bobble head and leave without even staying for the game. They're still giving them away, but the lines are more manageable now. I think a lot of folks figured out that it's cheaper and easier just to buy one on Ebay the next day, rather than spring for a ticket, parking, and all the rest of it; that took a lot of the people who weren't going to stay for the game anyway out of the equation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougRich View Post
    Back when the Diamondbacks started giving away bobble heads on certain game days, there were lines down the block to get into the ballpark several hours before the gates would open. And many people would go in, get their bobble head and leave without even staying for the game. They're still giving them away, but the lines are more manageable now. I think a lot of folks figured out that it's cheaper and easier just to buy one on Ebay the next day, rather than spring for a ticket, parking, and all the rest of it; that took a lot of the people who weren't going to stay for the game anyway out of the equation.
    At some point you also have to factor in what your time is worth vs how long you are standing in a stupid line for something worth less than a dollar to manufacture.
    "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” Mahatma Gandhi

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