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Wednesday, December 22, 2004
This talking, animatronic giant can be found outside the Mervyn's in Washington Square. Every afternoon during the Christmas season, a mall employe sitting in the ticket booth behind one way gla...er, "Chester the Talking Bear" chats with shoppers. All things considered, I much prefer the old Frederick and Nelson's Cinnamon Bear. He handed out free cookies.
I've always imagined that a few of the mall's more rambunctious employee's sneak in the booth after closing to make Chester mutter obscenities, sing tracks off Appetite for Destruction, etc. Or at least that's what I wanted to do while I worked in the food court during my high school years. Unfortunately, someone always had the good sense to keep the door to the ticket booth locked.