HOUSTON — Among the hundreds of people waiting in line at the Build-A-Bear Pay Your Age Day at Memorial City Mall, was a pretty little girl in a purple dress.

KHOU 11 News Photojournalist Ralph Nickerson surprised this little girl with a Build-A-Bear after security guards refused to let her back in line when she left to use the restroom.
KHOU 11 News Photojournalist Ralph Nickerson surprised this little girl with a Build-A-Bear after security guards refused to let her back in line when she left to use the restroom.

She waited patiently in line for her turn – until she couldn’t wait anymore.

She needed to go to the bathroom.

When they returned, the security guards wouldn’t let them back in line.

Photos: Big crowds at Memorial City Mall for Build-A-Bear event

KHOU 11 News Photojournalist Ralph Nickerson noticed the little girl staring at the bears in the window for a long time.

When he found out what happened, he went inside the store and bought her a pretty pink bear. She was surprised and delighted when Ralph gave her the bear.

The smile on her face made it worth every penny.

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