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    21 Secrets Build-A-Bear Employees Will Never Tell You

    So. Many. Bear puns.

    1. The empty and unstuffed animals are called "skins."

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    Gross.

    2. All the music that plays at Build-A-Bear is Build-A-Bear original music.

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    Yes, the employees always have the songs stuck in their heads.

    3. Employees know it's better to take a bear home in a box because you get to color it.

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    Have crayons ready for when your bear comes home.

    4. TRYING TO FOLD THE OCTOPUS SKIN IS THE HARDEST THING THEY'LL EVER DO.

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    It's easier to just cram the skins inside the box and only fold the top one.

    5. The clothes are so small employees don't even need to fold them.

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    When it comes to clothing retail stores, Build-A-Bear has it the easiest. The clothes are so small you don't have to fold them. You just...place them down.

    6. They don't want to help you figure out how to use the computer.

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    So just skip the birth certificate.

    7. Some people will give their animals really weird names.

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    "Butthead," "iPad," "Bear," "Nickelodeon," "Beyoncé," and many more.

    8. Valentine's Day and Christmas are the busiest times of the year at Build-A-Bear.

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    Sooooo many embarrassed boyfriends and stressed-out parents.

    9. Teens who come to Build-A-Bear will always be embarrassed and act like they're too cool to make a stuffed animal.

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    Lots of eye-rolling.

    10. Customers can put their foot on the pedal that pumps out the stuffing.

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    Toddlers that aren't heavy enough to press down on the pedal get help from their parents.

    11. If employees remove the skin from the metal tube too quickly, stuffing will shoot out EVERYWHERE.

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    Everywhere. And they'll have to clean it up.

    12. Sometimes they accidentally stab themselves with the needle while stitching up an animal.

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    Sometimes there's blood.

    13. Those little red hearts somehow manage to get everywhere.

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    Employees will find them in their pockets, their cars, their backpacks, etc.

    14. The sound machine will sometimes play sound effects all by itself.

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    The worst is when the "child's giggle" plays at night after the store has closed.

    15. If you're going to record your own sound, please go to a quiet part of the store to record it.

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    Otherwise you'll never be able to hear it.

    16. You can have your birthday party at Build-A-Bear.

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    And it's the employees' nightmare.

    17. Parents can pay extra to have a "special guest" arrive at their kid's birthday party.

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    "Special guest" = employee in a giant furry costume.

    18. The employees who work at the New York location get to be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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    The costumes are hot as hell.

    19. There will be at least one temper tantrum a day in the store.

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    (Sometimes it's the parents.)

    20. Employees hate asking you to sign up for a Stuff Fur Stuff card.

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    The process takes forever.

    21. There are so. many. bear puns.

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    "Make a fureign friend!"

    "Eat with your bear hands!"

    "Anything is pawsible!"

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