The whole point was to get people to come in that were living their lives at a healthy weight, but the plan soon backfired.

“In hindsight, probably not the best idea we’ve had. We were aiming for healthy families to come in and get good deals, but when Build-A-Bear in the mall announced their deal, we lost a lot of business,” said the owner of a local teddy bear shop.

The Empire Mall was flooded with cheapskate parents earlier today, shutting down the area due to the size of the crowd waiting for their turn to still overpay for a bear.

“We were going to go to the local teddy bear shop for the ‘pay your weight’ bear pricing, but this deal is much juicier for me and my family!” said one parent we spoke with who was eating her lunch while waiting in line.

Local officials are saying this is the first time they’ve seen over 100 shoppers at the mall this year.

“We’ve seen the number get close to 100, but this is a definite surprise outside of the holidays! What a great triumph for business!” said one official we spoke with.

We tried to reach out to the Argus Leader for an official shopper count, but they insisted we pay for the statistic after using them 5 times before.

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Adam K. White