LoL I got one
September 21, 2016 7:54 AM   Subscribe

Sabrina Gonzalez joked to her dad, who works at Costco, that he should get one of their giant teddy bears for his five-month-old granddaughter Madeline Jane. Never joke to a new grandpa.
posted by Etrigan (78 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oh lord do not give them more gift ideas I have no more space in my living room for this bear 💀💀💀💀💀
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:58 AM on September 21, 2016 [6 favorites]


Someone get to work shopping this blissful kid into various other photos thanks.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:59 AM on September 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


Ok here's what you need to do:

1: Cut a slit in the bear's stomach.
2: Slide the baby inside.
3: Survive the freezing night temperatures on Hoth.
posted by selfnoise at 8:01 AM on September 21, 2016 [69 favorites]


The Nestle Quik bunny was giving out chocolate milk at my subway station this morning, not sure how it relates to this bear but dude was pretty huge and scary.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:03 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


I had an oversized lamb from my grandparents - bigger than I was until I was about seven. I strongly suspect that it was from one of my grandfather's business friends, since he had previously been a women's and children's buyer for a department store.
posted by Frowner at 8:06 AM on September 21, 2016


I'm going to be followed by ads for giant teddy bears for days now, aren't I?
posted by eponym at 8:08 AM on September 21, 2016 [6 favorites]


Ok here's what you need to do:

1: Cut a slit in the bear's stomach.

2: Climb inside bear.
3: Wait for your wife to come home.
4: HILARITY!
posted by Capt. Renault at 8:08 AM on September 21, 2016 [11 favorites]


As a kid, I was obsessed with the character of Figment from EPCOT, and had several of various sizes. On one trip, I saw a 4" high plush Figment for sale at the Journey Into Imagination gift shop. By this point, I was old enough to know that I probably wouldn't get it if I asked, and that we'd have nowhere, really, to put it, and that getting it home would be a hassle.

Still, I wanted it.
posted by SansPoint at 8:09 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


I was just at Costco with the SO this weekend and joking about how this could create a dangerously positive association with bears that could really come back to bite someone in the ass (quite literally).
posted by dudemanlives at 8:10 AM on September 21, 2016


Yeah ok so I saw this bear a couple years ago at my Costco, RIGHT BY THE FRONT DOOR, EVEN BEFORE THE TVS, that's how they get you, and really REALLY wanted to get one for my dog, but it was over 200 bucks (not quite as much as it's listed for online, if I remember correctly) and I decided against it. But I did have an employee take my picture in front of one so I could text my mom and be like "hey mom look what I got for Truman" and watch her type omg a bunch of times.

Anyway, this story has a happy ending, because as I was going through the store being sad that I couldn't let myself spend $200 on something so stupid, I saw a big bin of decently sized (probably 30") stuffed triceratops for only $15.

I would have happily paid twice that.
posted by phunniemee at 8:11 AM on September 21, 2016 [38 favorites]


The Littlest Naberius is now a month old (1 month and 1 day according to our baby tracking app - time is kind of a slippery concept to me right now). She has what I can only assume is colic, which means she starts shrieking sometime around 8:00 pm, maybe 10:00. Earlier if we're really lucky, but never before about 6:30. And she is inconsolable - pure existential rage at a cruel universe - for about four to five hours on a typical night before she's so exhausted that she crashes hard and sleeps most of the rest of the night.

So if there are any grandparents out there, consider this my joke about needing a skilled au pair. Ideally one with her own extra-dimensional living space as we don't have room for her in our townhouse.

Just a joke. Just kidding... heh. Funny, amirite...
posted by Naberius at 8:11 AM on September 21, 2016 [14 favorites]


I don't get it. Target market succumbs to consumeristic pressure, film at 11.

Why are these things being sold if not for people to buy? Are these really being stocked as some kind of joke, not expecting anyone to actually purchase one? Assuming they were meant to be sold, who would buy these but grandparents? I'm just not understanding how this isn't the 100% expected and intended outcome here.
posted by cmoj at 8:13 AM on September 21, 2016 [10 favorites]


which means she starts shrieking sometime around 8:00 pm, maybe 10:00. Earlier if we're really lucky, but never before about 6:30. And she is inconsolable - pure existential rage at a cruel universe - for about four to five hours on a typical night before she's so exhausted that she crashes hard and sleeps most of the rest of the night.

Or as I call it, Wednesday.
posted by Celsius1414 at 8:15 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


It's the scale, really. Giant teddy bear designed for outsize, ridiculous displays of romantic affection. Or maybe to fill a giant nursery in a giant McMansion. Or advertising.

The bear is bigger than a person, buying it for a baby makes no more sense than buying an adult's winter coat when baby needs to stay warm in the winter.

The bears are already jokey, but this went from the silly to the absurd, and I'm not sure why I'm trying to explain the humor inherent. As the memesmiths might say, "this kills the joke."
posted by explosion at 8:18 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


My nephew found one of these gigantic bears out on the street several years ago, and brought it home. After doing e everything they could look up to it to try to make sure it wouldn't bring bedbugs or fleas or giant rats into the house, it's been a fixture on my brother's (his Dad's) back porch. It's enormous and looks like a monster at night that will eat you if you try to break in. My nephew is in his 3rd year of college now and doesn't care about the bear, but my brother says he'll keep it until he dies.
posted by xingcat at 8:23 AM on September 21, 2016 [4 favorites]


Next up Grandpa: 1 Mr. Microphone and 1 drum set.
posted by narancia at 8:23 AM on September 21, 2016 [8 favorites]


In Japan I saw a life-size plush Totoro. It cost about $800. The only thing that kept me from buying it was the thought of having to buy it a plane ticket.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:25 AM on September 21, 2016 [30 favorites]


I actually own a 5' long teddy bear. It's wonderful to cuddle with when my bed feels too lonely. Those Costco bears are really too big, and should be considered when needing to replace a piece of furniture. But my 60" bear actually fits on half a bed, and I love having him.

Yes, I'm a grown-up. Why do you ask?
posted by hippybear at 8:25 AM on September 21, 2016 [11 favorites]


We're gonna need a bigger boat.
posted by gwint at 8:25 AM on September 21, 2016 [5 favorites]


When my first children were very small, someone in my family scored a five foot-tall, plush Poppin' Fresh for us.* So when my aunt moved out here, she jammed it in the driver's seat of her little car as they loaded the car into the giant semi truck.

I drove up and belted Poppin' into my car, and then drove home. The next day my kids awoke to find a Poppin' Fresh almost as tall as their mother, standing and smiling mildly at them.

Over the year I have gotten two more children, and thrown out some of the Poppin' figures/dishes/cookie jar/linen/&c. -- but everyone still agrees that we cannot get rid of Giant Poppin', so now he guards the basement. *shrug*

* At the time, we collected points from the labels of Pillsbury products, and we had a LOT of Poppin' Fresh stuff around the house. A LOT. Friends even sent stuff to us, like my Best Man shipping out a P.F. throw rug.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:25 AM on September 21, 2016 [6 favorites]


Hehee
posted by Flashman at 8:27 AM on September 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


You guys, the giant bear is a red herring. The real story here is that the "new grandpa" is not some doddering old grayhair as expected but a fun-looking guy that I would probably consider part of my peer group, and thus, the real real story is that (1) I am Old and (2) oh my god, our grandparents probably resented the fact that when we were kids we thought they were 90 when they were possibly in range of 50 and I need to go sit down for a minute.
posted by psoas at 8:34 AM on September 21, 2016 [59 favorites]


Related: here's one of my favorite metafilter comments regarding a giant stuffed animal.
posted by phunniemee at 8:36 AM on September 21, 2016 [10 favorites]


You guys, the giant bear is a red herring. The real story here is that the "new grandpa" is not some doddering old grayhair as expected but a fun-looking guy that I would probably consider part of my peer group, and thus, the real real story is that (1) I am old and (2) oh my god, our grandparents probably resented the fact that when we were kids we thought they were 90 when they were possibly in range of 50 and I need to go sit down for a minute.

Yes, the real take away here is that we're all going to die. Thank you for that.
posted by leotrotsky at 8:38 AM on September 21, 2016 [23 favorites]


I saw a 4" high plush Figment

In a previous life, were you in the trade of making trilithons for Spinal Tap?
posted by Xoc at 8:38 AM on September 21, 2016 [23 favorites]


Yes, the real take away here is that we're all going to die. Thank you for that.

In the end, that's all we take away.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:40 AM on September 21, 2016 [4 favorites]


My parents have been great grandparents but grandparents need nearly as much supervision and management as the grandchildren. This is fun for five minutes and a room-destroying dust magnet for years.
posted by GuyZero at 8:42 AM on September 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


Few Christmases ago the youngest one wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle plastic figure and pointed it out from a catalogue. It was added to online shopping cart by Santa and delivered to wife's work, which offered wrapping service.

My wife gets an alarmed call a few day later from the receptionist about a gigantic package. Santa had not checked the dimensions and Michelangelo was 5'+. Santa should check dimensions.
posted by zeikka at 8:43 AM on September 21, 2016 [13 favorites]


Uh, so auntie bought my twin girls (they're two) one of these. It's actually pretty rad and comfy to set up against a wall in seated position and lean up into. Twin L loves it, calls it "gray bear" and likes to snuggle up in it like an oversized plush recliner. Twin A is less enthralled, but still likes it. They also like to lay it flat and jump on it shouting "bear trampoline"

And I've at various times caught the dog and one of the cats snuggled up into the bear's lap when the kiddos are napping.
posted by Existential Dread at 8:44 AM on September 21, 2016 [12 favorites]


Also, this is begging for a remix.
posted by Existential Dread at 8:49 AM on September 21, 2016


Last time I was at Costco, one of the 93" bears was lying face down on the floor. I wrestled it back up to its seat on the shelf because I am overly sentimental about stuffed animals and it just looked so sad there.

Thank goodness I'm not sentimental enough to buy a stuffed bear that's taller than me to take home.
posted by asperity at 8:49 AM on September 21, 2016 [5 favorites]


You know, you can actually get inside one these bears.
posted by Miss Cellania at 8:49 AM on September 21, 2016 [13 favorites]


On one trip, I saw a 4" high plush Figment for sale at the Journey Into Imagination gift shop. By this point, I was old enough to know that I probably wouldn't get it if I asked, and that we'd have nowhere, really, to put it, and that getting it home would be a hassle.

Your parents were mean, that would have fit easily into the car! :)
posted by agregoli at 8:55 AM on September 21, 2016


We took a trip up to Vermont last year to see the leaves change and happened across the Vermont Teddy Bear factory, so we took the tour. Mrs. Mosley and our daughter were heavily pushing for us to purchase one of their four foot bears, which I was skeptical of due to the size. Then a clerk happened to mention how they are great to hug after a long, stressful day. The clerk specifically used the term "Therapy Bear", which Mrs. Mosley latched onto and, well, we now own a four foot bear named Georgina.

It really is effective as a therapy device after her more difficult days at work, so I definitely would say it was a wise investment.

Postscript: We were actually compelled to cut our trip short after only two days when a crisis occurred at her work, so we flew home much earlier than planned. To this day, I refer to the aborted trip as, "Remember when the three of us flew up to Vermont just to purchase a four foot teddy bear?"
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 9:00 AM on September 21, 2016 [9 favorites]


My daughter has an ~4' Gund bear. It was given to her when she was much less than that tall and was pretty hilarious. It makes a pretty good analogue of a bean bag chair.

cmoj: " Assuming they were meant to be sold, who would buy these but grandparents? "

Our local hockey team started the "Teddy Bear Toss" Xmas toy drive so it is a pretty big thing in town. Like in the week leading up to that game you have a hard time buying any sort of stuffed animal in town. Anyways a few years ago when my daughter was 7-8 she invited a friend to the game and we needed an additional stuffy. About the only thing available were these huge (maybe 40") teddy bears at WalMart. And they were cheap, like $15. So we bought one for each of them.

Now the free parking is several blocks away from the rink. So picture a couple 3rd graders carrying bears larger then they are for several blocks amongst a stream of other people carrying more modest stuffies (admittedly we weren't the only ones with these huge bears). It was quite the night.
posted by Mitheral at 9:00 AM on September 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


In a previous life, were you in the trade of making trilithons for Spinal Tap?

I think the problem was that we had a plush Figment that was in danger of being crushed... by a dwarf!

Damn it, next time I'll just write it out.
posted by SansPoint at 9:05 AM on September 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


Oh. Yes. My niece and nephew have one of these (or rather have visitation as MondoBear lives with a grandparental caretaker). In fact, since one grandparent also won a giant bear at the age of five in a contest, we are actually a third-generation giant-bear-owning family. Original bear lived a long and happy life until expiring from too much Realness after a series of cats.
posted by notquitemaryann at 9:07 AM on September 21, 2016 [6 favorites]


My son tried talking me into one of these, which I actually had enough back bone to say no to. However, the slightly smaller one at like 53"? I'm a sucker for pleading eyes. I made it go live at my Ex's house as revenge for the endless stream of stuffed animals he sends to live at mine.

I'd link, but it's spread across a couple posts on August 21st on our facebook. Hope this is okay.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 9:10 AM on September 21, 2016


I'd like to see one of those build-a-bear stores offer something in the extra ginormous sizes.
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:12 AM on September 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


Next up Grandpa: 1 Mr. Microphone and 1 drum set.

My niece got a large bear, although not the Costco one. My nephew got the drums. I am Mister Super Popular Uncle.
posted by lagomorphius at 9:17 AM on September 21, 2016 [7 favorites]


Headline: "Giant Teddy Bear Perfectly Sums Up Why Grandparents Shouldn’t Buy Gifts"

Looks like some headline writer just earned a giant teddy bear shipped to their doorstep.
posted by The Tensor at 9:19 AM on September 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


There's gotta be something in the Uncle role that says you must bring the most obnoxious toy to the birthday. One year my uncle gave me a ride along one man band that played as I pedaled. I loved that thing, but I was the bane of the neighborhood. Then the same uncle found this inflatable duck with a six foot wingspan that you road around on a battery pack and it loudly quacked. Another holiday he brought over a backyard roller coaster. Us kids loved him, but he was not the favorite brother.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 9:23 AM on September 21, 2016 [14 favorites]


Of all of the baby picture cliches on social media, I have to admit that I love. love. love. the "update" pics that show how big the little one has gotten in comparison to some stuffed (or live, for that matter) animal that dwarfed them when they were first born. They are extremely affecting for the babies that were born as preemies, in part because of the throwback to when I was watching my friends go through some of the most terrifying times in their lives. NICU life is no fun.

Anyways...I hope that this family takes of Madeline Jane and this reedonk bear every damn year until MJ is off to college, at least. I'd love it if they also posted them on the internet so that the Buzzfeed of 10 years from now can show me an retrospective, but I respect why they wouldn't.
posted by sparklemotion at 9:26 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


When my daughter was about 5 or 6 we were in Costco and they had those bears out; I asked if she wanted one and her eyes got big and she started to back away saying "No!" in no uncertain terms. I wonder how many other kids, especially around that age, have a similar reaction.
posted by TedW at 9:31 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


Yes, the real take away here is that we're all going to die. Thank you for that.

Perhaps we can create demand for a giant teddy bear coffin for when we all die.
posted by nubs at 9:33 AM on September 21, 2016 [4 favorites]


Came for giant stuffed bear stories, left much more satisfied than expected with doggy-wearing-triceratops-hat picture.
posted by maxwelton at 9:35 AM on September 21, 2016 [7 favorites]


Perhaps we can create demand for a giant teddy bear coffin for when we all die.

Look for my corpse in the Costco diary room. Probably marked down.
posted by maxwelton at 9:36 AM on September 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


We need a second couch and for a few glorious seconds I though, "Maybe I am out-there enough to use this instead," but alas I am not.

Looks pretty comfy though.
posted by emjaybee at 9:43 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


This is right up there with the giant metal rooster.
posted by RolandOfEld at 9:52 AM on September 21, 2016 [7 favorites]


A gift from a grandparent that doesn't make noise? Yeah, I'm calling [fake].
posted by GhostintheMachine at 9:59 AM on September 21, 2016


In high school I bought an eight foot long bright pink stuffed lizard from a thrift store for about $5. I think it must have been a carnival prize. It was literally the size and shape of a fully grown alligator. I loved that fucking thing, and carted it off to college with me, where it eventually wound up with a now-ex. I'm sure it's gone to its great lizard reward by now, but man, it was great.
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:14 AM on September 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


Portrait With Lizard
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:17 AM on September 21, 2016 [20 favorites]


Perhaps we can create demand for a giant teddy bear coffin for when we all die.

Everybody knows Costco's already kind of got this covered, right?
posted by lagomorphius at 10:21 AM on September 21, 2016


About a year and a half ago, Costco had a ~6 foot tall version of this bear, that was crazily priced at $30. Pound for pound, that's a pretty damn cheap teddy bear.

My dad bought three for his one-year-old grandson. (They live at grandpa's house.)
posted by graventy at 10:23 AM on September 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


Kid whose grandparents bought him a drum kit, aged 5, reporting in.
posted by Coda Tronca at 10:35 AM on September 21, 2016 [7 favorites]


This is right up there with the giant metal rooster.

Needed: Picture of Giant Teddy Bear (Named Beyoncé, naturally) at grandchild's front door with the caption, "Knock Knock, Motherfucker."
posted by zarq at 10:35 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


Perhaps we can create demand for a giant teddy bear coffin for when we all die.

I don't know, that seems kind of wasteful. I mean you could get, like... eight Emily Brontës in that.
posted by Naberius at 10:53 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


That Bear retails at £200!*

o_O

*well £199.99 but y'know....
posted by Faintdreams at 11:11 AM on September 21, 2016


Last time I was at Costco, one of the 93" bears was lying face down on the floor

I really hope the person who mixed up the notation for inches vs feet sees this
posted by beerperson at 11:46 AM on September 21, 2016 [5 favorites]


I also want one of these giant Costco bears, but haven't figured out how to justify the price tag to my husband. They do however sell these 53" bears for only $30! So I got one of those instead. They come in 3 colors, and I bought the dark brown one.

Once I got it home, I informed my husband that its name was Chocolate Bear, and that I would eventually be going back for the other two, who would be named "Vanilla Bear" and "Cinnamon Bear".

He just made that "I can't believe you just made a joke referencing MY favorite TV show" face and wandered off. I LOVE being married.

Cookies to whomever can name that TV show!
posted by sharp pointy objects at 11:59 AM on September 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


My father wanted to buy this bear a couple of years ago. I told him he if he bought it, it would have to live at his house.

He did not buy it.
posted by vignettist at 12:45 PM on September 21, 2016


The real story here is that the "new grandpa" is not some doddering old grayhair as expected but a fun-looking guy that I would probably consider part of my peer group, and thus, the real real story is that (1) I am Old

Good news -- that was dad:
Last week her dad, who works at Costco, posted a photo of himself with some of those ginomous teddy bears that turn up in the store each holiday season...
--TFA
Bad news -- you are still old. My children refer to my youth as "the old days" to which I'm like "fuck that, that's when GRAMPA was a kid," which, really, same thing.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:49 PM on September 21, 2016


It was grandad at the store! The "her" referenced is the mother of Maddy the small child.

We're still old, and if that's better than the alternative, lucky.
posted by clew at 12:55 PM on September 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


When youngster55 was a baby, we were pretty broke and needed lots of things. So people kept giving him expensive stuffed animals. You see kids with giant piles of plush in which they have little to no interest. /grumpyrant
posted by theora55 at 12:56 PM on September 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


It was grandad at the store! The "her" referenced is the mother of Maddy the small child.

Look, the fuck off my lawn. You're totes correct though, I totally misread that!
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:33 PM on September 21, 2016


oh my god, our grandparents probably resented the fact that when we were kids we thought they were 90 when they were possibly in range of 50

I am now about ten years older than my father-in-law was when Mrs 43rd and I started dating. I thought he was a little old guy then, and that's something I've thought about many times as I've got older.
posted by 43rdAnd9th at 2:09 PM on September 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'll tell ya, going into Costco the other day and seeing a line of these giant bears and a bunch of kids and adults just hugging and plopping down on them brought a smile to my face. I joined into. It's really satisfying.
posted by numaner at 2:26 PM on September 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


Portrait With Lizard
posted by showbiz_liz


Eponisterical!

get inside one these bears .

Wow, that's a rare video that starts good and ends up sublime!
posted by BungaDunga at 3:04 PM on September 21, 2016


My mother, who just happens to be a compulsive shopper, brought a 4 foot tall stuffed penguin to the hospital when her first and only grandchild was born. I have no idea where my sister might have stashed that treasure.
posted by Sophie1 at 4:59 PM on September 21, 2016


I had a huge stuffed lion as a kid. Really, he was not *that* big but at the time, he was bigger than me. I named him Hunker because he "hunked up the bed." He was saved all these years and lives at Grandma's house where my daughter gets to flop around on him when we visit. I would murder anyone who brought one of these big teddy bears into my 900 sf house.

I may go visit Costco, though, just for a good bear hug.
posted by amanda at 5:47 PM on September 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


I use my not-so-big stuffed toy purchased by someone-not-me as a couch in my daughter's room while we do the bedtime routine.

It's really joyful.
posted by geek anachronism at 6:29 PM on September 21, 2016


So, someone at the state education department spotted one of these at Sam's Club & got the idea to have it be the 'reading frog' Readit. The public library systems got on the bandwagon & thus began the search to roundup 12 frogs. Took awhile. Before they went to their new homes throughout Minnesota, this meeting happened to plan their reading adventures. http://imgur.com/a/KZgEw Only 6 of the 12 could attend.

They are the size of a 6-7 year old child. For a year or so, library systems were posting pics of their frog wearing all manner of clothing, mostly old dance costumes, while they visited local celebrities to read a book. I know.
posted by Nosey Mrs. Rat at 8:25 PM on September 21, 2016 [9 favorites]


A friend's toddler got one of these, after the little girl saw one in Costco and fell in love with it. It's now the favorite reading seat, and it has occasionally been a bed.


Capt. Renault: Ok here's what you need to do:
1: Cut a slit in the bear's stomach.
2: Climb inside bear.
3: Wait for your wife to come home.
4: HILARITY!


I can confirm that some women enjoy surprises hidden inside bears (image order is botched, but the images are numbered if you're confused by the sequence)
posted by filthy light thief at 8:27 PM on September 21, 2016


3: Wait for your wife to come home.

Be sure to turn the AC down to sub-zero, had a bear gig once, great cute fun but more than a few minutes can cause heatstroke!
posted by sammyo at 9:06 PM on September 21, 2016


I used to take one of my kids to physical therapy at an office that had, I dunno, 10 of the five-foot-tall teddy bears. I would pile them up in a corner and snuggle with all of them at once. It was glorious.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:51 AM on September 22, 2016


Interestingly, this past weekend I caught the rerun of the CNBC special "Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant," and it was fascinating. Among other segments, there was one showing the incredibly selective and rigorous process Costco undergoes when choosing the (ultimately, very, very few) toys to put on its shelves. Bottom line? Getting your toy sold at Costco is a huge freakin' deal that involves a crap ton of work, a seemingly endless amount of back and forth with Costco's toy buyers to tweak this and that along the way, and at the end of it all there's no guarantee of an order. The segment starts at 28:03 at the link above, I found it really interesting. Who knew!
posted by bologna on wry at 4:26 PM on September 22, 2016 [3 favorites]


I have three of the 53" bears, one for each of my kids and one for me... all three colors. They make excellent "bear chairs" for reading, TV, and bad days. When off duty, they make the house look friendly, comfy and goofy, just as it should be.

Our CostCo people are clever, and staged the bears "climbing" one of the huge warehouse posts. It was amazing to see a stream of people pass, smiling and pointing. I impulsively sold one bear to another person walking by. Her tiny daughter was pleading, captivated, and mom was on the fence; and I said, hey, have her sit in her bear chair only when reading books, to encourage good habits. Foop! Bear in cart.

I dogsit a lot for my extended family, and every dog has been found curled up in the lap of a bear.
posted by clever sheep at 9:52 AM on September 23, 2016 [5 favorites]


mom was on the fence; and I said, hey, have her sit in her bear chair only when reading books, to encourage good habits. Foop! Bear in cart.

Sales genius. I heard of a pet shop sales person who often said to browsers: "All cats love to play, but some have just forgotten how." Foop!
posted by Coda Tronca at 11:59 AM on September 23, 2016 [1 favorite]


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