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Nellie Chapman | 14 July, 2018, 21:31

Before the stores opened in the US, the long lines caused the company to publish a notice on social media that it would limit the number of people who could take advantage of the deal due to safety concerns.

"Lines closed for Pay Your Age Day event".

Build-a-Bear Workshop does not have a store in Portsmouth but does have ones in Brighton, Basingstoke and Southampton.

But many were furious to find that the "pay your age" event had been canceled only hours after its launch due to safety concerns posed by unexpectedly large crowds.

The customizable stuffed animals range in price from less than $20 for a mini stuffed pet to a $32 Disney Mickey Mouse to $75 for an extra large rainbow bear. See you in the Workshop on 12 July - bring in the whole family and share the experience with #BuildABear!'

Lines are now closed at all Build-A-Bear locations across the thousands of people showed up to stores for Thursday's "Pay Your Age Day" event. You're required to enroll in the Build-A-Bear Bonus Club rewards program in order to claim the deal, according to a press release. "We understand some guests are disappointed and we will reach out directly as soon as possible".

Calls to Fresno's Fashion Fair Mall were not immediately returned, so it's not clear what this all meant for those who in line at the Build-A-Bear Workshop location there. The chain had to end the promotion early after hours-long lines formed in malls across the country.

One woman said she had gotten to Coral Square Mall at 9 a.m. and was still in the line as of 1:30 p.m.

Teddy bears were priced from US$6 (S$8.20) to US$75 on the store's website on Thursday.

Thousands of parents and children flocked to their nearest store hoping to snag the bargain. "I didn't expect this kind of crowd".