Next time your brat of a child starts whining as you pass the Build-A-Bear Workshop in one of the local malls, ask them if they want one so bad they are willing to risk another child's life. They probably won't care, but it will help you resist walking in and putting a limp animal body on one of those stuffing machines and then dressing it in doll clothes.
Build-A-Bear Workshop has been fined $25,600 by the U.S. Department of Labor for violating child labor laws, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.
Locally, there are Build-A-Bear Workshops at the Mall of America and Ridgedale Center.
We don't have stories of young children with bleeding fingers as they sew those bears together. The company just let a bunch of idiot teenage employees play with trash compactors and ride freight elevators on company time.
More from the Business Journal:
The federal audit identified 14 minors performing tasks contrary to the child labor law, according to Build-A-Bear.At least they changed their ways:
Build-A-Bear was cited following investigations from January 2006 to April 2008 at its locations in Wichita, Kan.; Milwaukee; Grandville, Mich.; West Des Moines, Iowa; and Aurora, Ill.
As a result of those investigations, Build-A-Bear said it no longer hires anyone younger than 18.
"Build-A-Bear Workshop has cooperated fully and completely with the Department of Labor," said Jill Saunders, a company spokeswoman. "Importantly, no one suffered any injuries from performing these tasks ... Following receipt of the results of the audit, in September 2008 Build-A-Bear Workshop implemented a policy of only hiring individuals who are 18 years of age or older."