Guests Must Give Their Toys To Birthday Girl At Build-A-Bear Party
The mum explained how her six-year-old was invited to a school friend's birthday party at the toy shop, and the parents chipped in around £23 ($30). Basic Build-A-Bear toys can cost upwards of £12, with accessories, clothes and voice boxes adding on extra costs.
The woman recalled on Reddit. "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 BAB party I went to. Me and my husband even pitched in about 30 dollars as we know these things can get expensive."
Her daughter and the rest of the children went 'wild' choosing and accessorising their toys.
"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," she explained.
But after they left the party, the birthday girl's mum announced all of the children would need to give their cuddly animals to her daughter.
The Reddit user continued: "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."
After the leaving the party, the woman returned with her daughter to Build-A-Bear for a new toy as the little girl was "bawling".
The mum then asked other social media users if they thought this was normal or if she was being an "entitled parent", later pointing out that the children had brought presents to the party, too.
Plenty of social media couldn't contain their disbelief, with one writing: "Beyond strange. I would never in a million years think to have a party where the kids (and our guests) have to give away their item. So bizarre."
"Wow. I gave our daughters a build a bear party once too and never would have even imagined keeping everyone's bears! That is brutal," added another.
Almost everyone was in agreement, although some did reason that it might have been okay if the woman had explained beforehand that the children wouldn't get to keep their toys.
"MAYBE it would be alright if they had explained ahead of time but I really can't wrap my head around this one," said somebody else in the comments.
The original poster then provided an update to those following the post, saying she and another parent had questioned the woman on the school run.
However the birthday girl's mum said her daughter wanted "to have a special animal decorated by each of her friends". She added that she didn't have money for each of the guests to make their own bears, offering to reimburse the original poster.
The Reddit user replied to her: "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," then revealing that the birthday girl's mum just walked off.
She concluded her post, writing: "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."
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