The Dark Side of Chuck E. Cheese

Since 1977, Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants have brought families
together for food, games and boundless entertainment. But behind the
flashing arcade lights exists a dark undercurrent of violence. Perhaps parents are aggressively protective of
their children, or maybe it's just a dangerous mix of alcohol and
animatronics, but for whatever reason, the Chuck E. Cheese's in
Brookfield, Wisconsin has seen more violence over the past year than any
other restaurant in the state. According to The Wall Street Journal, since January of 2007, police have had to break up a dozen fights at the
Brookfield location, one of which involved as many as 40 people.

events have been reported at Chuck E. Cheese's locations all over the
country, including a fight between two mothers in Topeka, Kansas, a
brutal attack on a man in Matteson, Illinois, and an unfortunate
shoe-throwing incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What's worse, in Flint,
Michigan, police had to spray pepper gas into the local Chuck
E. Cheese's in order to break up an altercation involving an estimated
85 people. Happy birthday, Timmy; now cover your eyes and run for your

It may surprise some parents to learn that many Chuck
E. Cheese’s locations serve alcohol, and many theorize that this is to
blame for much of the violence. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Milwaukee alderman Tony
Zielinksy, who called for the removal of the restaurant's liquor
license in 2006, said, "What parent is going to take their kids to a place
where there is alcohol and pistols being brandished?"

So think twice the next time your child brings home a good
report card and says, "I want Chuck E. Cheese." You might just be
playing skee ball with your family's safety.



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