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the next day, he said he was confronted by a Cubs executive.
“Someone came up to me, very angry, and said, ‘did you not get our letter?’”
Problem was, Weier was in costume and in character at the time. And since Billy doesn’t speak, he says he just stood there, gesturing and shrugging, as the executive in question got angrier.
“If you look at my last seven years of doing this, I’ve only had two seasons where I’ve slightly profited,” he said. “My first three seasons were losing money.”
That’s because dressing in a bear suit is expensive business. Weier says the costume, which he has to replace each season, costs $1400. Billy’s size 60 jersey adds another $400. And the ice suit, which he says he has to wear underneath to survive sweltering game days in the 90’s, costs $2000.
“When it comes to families, I don’t really get tipped much because I don’t really push the tip aspect,” he said, noting that on a good day, Billy will only bring home about $400.
#3 wins the thread of course.
So popular, says Weier, that on some game days he recruits others to wear the costumes, and has as many as four working outside the Friendly Confines.
Yeah, he isn't doing it for the money. Sure.
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