• We're a fun, friendly, and diverse group of planners, placemakers, students, and other folks who found their people here. Create your FREE Cyburbia ID, and join us today! Use your email address, or register through your Reddit, Facebook, Google, Twitter, or Microsoft account.

Chuck E. Cheese Restaurants = hotbeds of violent crime

Maister

Chairman of the bored
Messages
26,393
Points
52
http://sec.online.wsj.com/article/SB122878081364889613.html

Anyone else catch the Wall Street Journal article on how Chuck E. Cheese (I prefer Charles Emerson Cheese) restaurants are on many police departments’ radars due tothe frequent assault and drunk & disorderly calls they seem to generate. Biker bars are evidently much safer by comparison.

Guess there are some interesting dynamics going on with this. The first time I heard about Chuck E Cheese was during a plan review when I learned they were applying for a liquor license to serve beer – I thought at the time how strange beer in a kiddie pizza joint? until a fellow planner who had children explained ‘believe me the idea of offering the parents beer is nothing short of GENIUS’. I didn’t fully appreciate this sentiment until I had a child of my own!

Do you think CEC restaurants attract so much violence because of exes meeting there on neutral ground with the kids and they proceed to get into fights about things like custody and support payments while they’re getting sauced?

Why do you think Chuck E. Cheese restaurants are hotbeds of violence?

 

mendelman

Unfrozen Caveman Planner
Moderator
Messages
12,272
Points
37
Parental instinct.

Your kid gets "bullied" by some other kid. You're likkered up and decide to administer your own discipline on the bully, but unfortunately that kid's parent is also likkered up and ready to take you to town.

Fighting ensues.

Also, since many parents/kids frequent Mr. Cheese's establishment in groups, there is also the wondrous potential of gang warfare.
 

Duke Of Dystopia

Cyburbian
Messages
2,713
Points
23
Parental instinct.

Your kid gets "bullied" by some other kid. You're likkered up and decide to administer your own discipline on the bully, but unfortunately that kid's parent is also likkered up and ready to take you to town.

Fighting ensues.
I concur wholehartedly!

Great entertainment though! :-D
 

southsideamy

Cyburbian
Messages
451
Points
14
I'm in the CEC portion of my lifespan right now - twin four year olds think that it's the greatest place on Earth. We actually got my son potty trained with a combination of sticker charts and CEC rewards.

Between the horrible service by pimple faced teenagers, the completely unedible pizza, warm beer, hundreds of screaming kids (also crying because they can't have a turn in the monster truck), loud mechanical singing bears/monkeys, and the always constant exposure to e coli in the ball pit.......I have no idea what would bring anyone to violence in that place. :r:

I feel slightly violent after leaving there. Like I want to kick the cat or my husband when I get home.

It's just a horrible combination of the worst elements of modern commerce and other people's kids. Ugh. I think Hell is a gigantic Chunk E. Cheese.
 

zman

Cyburbian
Messages
9,186
Points
30
About 10-15 years ago, there was a violent double murder at a CEC in the Denver area. I could see the theory about fights though.

God, I hope that if I have kids, I have the wearwithall to say "NO!" when/if they ask about going there... :r:
 

Planit

Cyburbian
Messages
11,440
Points
33
God, I hope that if I have kids, I have the wearwithall to say "NO!" when/if they ask about going there... :r:
Don't worry Z, one of your future kids friends will have a birthday party there and you'll have to attend. It's part of the deal :-D
 

arcplans

As Featured in "High Times"
Messages
6,402
Points
25
God, I hope that if I have kids, I have the wearwithall to say "NO!" when/if they ask about going there... :r:
Sorry dude there is no way around it...but the good news is you can be a pro at the mole wack and skiball to win your kid a crapticular prize.
 

otterpop

Cyburbian
Messages
6,655
Points
27
I wouldn't want to eat at any restaurant whose mascot is a rat. I feel rats have no place in restaurants. It is not hygenic. And apparently this one has stayed so long that the managers decided to give him a sweatshirt.

"Hey, Mike, send Chuck-e-cheese out front. Some of the kids want to meet him?"

"Can't. He's dead. I told you guys not to set out the traps last night."
 

zman

Cyburbian
Messages
9,186
Points
30
Don't worry Z, one of your future kids friends will have a birthday party there and you'll have to attend. It's part of the deal :-D
CPSUraf said:
Sorry dude there is no way around it...but the good news is you can be a pro at the mole wack and skiball to win your kid a crapticular prize.
Hmmm... me thinks it is time to buy that ranch/vineyard in the backwaters of Uruguay or better yet, begin my co-housing hippie commune off the grid. Raise my kids that way (and have a better setting for generating my crackpot schemes and crazy theories... ;-) )
 

Chet

Cyburbian Emeritus
Messages
10,624
Points
33
The local CEC's had to surrender thier liquor license in order to remain in business. I didn't realize the overall company has this reputation..
 

The One

Cyburbian
Messages
8,283
Points
29
Yup....

Free-flowing beer. Parents go there to get hammered under the auspices of kiddie fun and domestic disputes occur.

CEC slogan:
"Where a kid can be a kid and a parent can be a drunken lout."
Zman is right, there was a nasty double or triple homicide at a CEC over a decade ago in the Denver/Aurora area:-c

Both my wife and I have witnessed nasty domestic disputes at CEC's in Florida:-c We aren't fans anymore....not that we really were in the first place:-| Our recent visits took place during other kids birthday parties and we always know where the nearest exit is.....:-o Lucky for us, Arizona isn't a hotbed of CEC construction:r:
 

Veloise

Cyburbian
Messages
5,517
Points
27
Helpful advice AIB the Dating thread

If it becomes known to you that your step-parent auditioner has a child who shares your b-day, run like hell.

You do not want to spend your birthday at the subject franchise, even on an every-other-year decree.
 

btrage

Cyburbian
Messages
6,423
Points
25
I'm well versed in CEC having two daughters under 6. We probably go 3 times a year. They aren't that bad, although it depends on which one you go too. The problems start when there's just to many people in there with all the kids running around. I've never seen any instances of conflict, but I'm sure it happens. We tend to go on weeknights, when there's hardly anyone there.

And I've never had an adult beverage there. I think I would feed too weird.
 

wahday

Cyburbian
Messages
3,960
Points
22
I don't think they serve beer at CECs around here. At least, I've never noticed it (and its not the kind of thing I would miss...).

What I HAVE noticed at these places are nothing more than Gamblers Training Headquarters. Comparing my experiences visiting Atlantic City and CEC, I'd have to say the only major differences are the age of the clientele and the lack of an all-you-can-eat shrimp bar. Seriously, I frickin' HATE Chuck E. Cheeses! There, I said it:-{

Add to the gambling angle the atrociously horrifying and CHEAP plastic crapola the kids get to "buy" with all of their "winnings" and I leave every birthday party full of lots and lots of pent of frustration for the less desirable facets of our society.

Now that I know alcohol is in the mix, I'm even more excited about CEC! If there is anything better than driving home drunk in the middle of the day, its doing it with your kids in the car...

Sorry if I have offended any fans, but I feel better now...
 

Chet

Cyburbian Emeritus
Messages
10,624
Points
33
Ironically, one of cyburbia's banner ads is a CEC coupon. :-c
 

btrage

Cyburbian
Messages
6,423
Points
25
I don't think they serve beer at CECs around here. At least, I've never noticed it (and its not the kind of thing I would miss...).

What I HAVE noticed at these places are nothing more than Gamblers Training Headquarters. Comparing my experiences visiting Atlantic City and CEC, I'd have to say the only major differences are the age of the clientele and the lack of an all-you-can-eat shrimp bar. Seriously, I frickin' HATE Chuck E. Cheeses! There, I said it:-{

Add to the gambling angle the atrociously horrifying and CHEAP plastic crapola the kids get to "buy" with all of their "winnings" and I leave every birthday party full of lots and lots of pent of frustration for the less desirable facets of our society.

Now that I know alcohol is in the mix, I'm even more excited about CEC! If there is anything better than driving home drunk in the middle of the day, its doing it with your kids in the car...

Sorry if I have offended any fans, but I feel better now...
Not that I'm a huge fan of CEC, but I dont' see the connection to gambling. I don't see it as any different than the video arcades of the 1980s where all the pre-teen/teenage kids hung out.

However, if you can convince me it leads to gambling, I will therefore have an excuse to no longer take my kids there. :-D
 

arcplans

As Featured in "High Times"
Messages
6,402
Points
25
Ironically, one of cyburbia's banner ads is a CEC coupon. :-c
I am no cyber slueth but i think google chooses it because we are talking about "chuckyecheesy" (as my daughter calls it). Set up a FAC about Best buy and sure enough it will pop up.
 

wahday

Cyburbian
Messages
3,960
Points
22
Not that I'm a huge fan of CEC, but I dont' see the connection to gambling. I don't see it as any different than the video arcades of the 1980s where all the pre-teen/teenage kids hung out.

However, if you can convince me it leads to gambling, I will therefore have an excuse to no longer take my kids there. :-D
Well, I have no hard proof. But the whole dynamic of putting money (or, rather, tokens) into the machines and then getting "winnings" back in the form of tickets which are then cashed in for goods seems an awful lot like casino action (cashing in your chips, as it were). At a video arcade, you put money in and play the game and that's it. I guess you could argue one gets "winnings" in the form of being able to play longer if you are doing well at the game, but it seems/feels different to me.

Don't get me wrong, my sarcastic rant aside, I have never banned my children from going to a birthday party there, but I do usually walk away feeling disturbed. Fortunately, my kids don't seem too interested in it anyway.

I think maybe the creepiest part is when the guy (or gal) comes out in the Chuck suit and leads the kids in song and dance. Totally weird. I know its like Mickey Mouse, but at least he isn't ENTIRELY a character made up for a commercial purpose (just turned into a corporate shill). I mean he DID appear in a few cartoons. I'd have to look into Chuck's filmography, but I don't think there is much of note beyond the B movie circuit...

Or maybe the animatronic Chuck and friends playing in their "band" is weirder. Its really hard to decide...
 

WSU MUP Student

Cyburbian
Messages
9,405
Points
29
Between the horrible service by pimple faced teenagers, the completely unedible pizza, warm beer, hundreds of screaming kids (also crying because they can't have a turn in the monster truck), loud mechanical singing bears/monkeys, and the always constant exposure to e coli in the ball pit...
I went to McDonald's for lunch today and as I was walking out, I saw a few kids playing in the playscape and because of your post, the first thing I thought of was, "What horrible mothers... letting their kids play in the e coli pit!"

Thanks. :-D
 

southsideamy

Cyburbian
Messages
451
Points
14
I went to McDonald's for lunch today and as I was walking out, I saw a few kids playing in the playscape and because of your post, the first thing I thought of was, "What horrible mothers... letting their kids play in the e coli pit!"

Thanks. :-D
Glad I could help. It's the same motherly instinct that makes me yell "not safe" when I see a kid riding a bike without a helmet.
 

Zoning Goddess

Cyburbian
Messages
13,853
Points
38
I took my kid once, to a birthday party for another kid. We didn't stay long. It was chaos. Six, at least, birthday parties, all ages. Makes McDonald's look like paradise. I told him, I don't care who it is, what it is, we are never, ever going back. And we didn't.
 

Maister

Chairman of the bored
Messages
26,393
Points
52
New twist on the usual Chuck e cheese assaults. Seems that folks are now smacking the mouse around!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29493309/

wahday said:
I don't think they serve beer at CECs around here. At least, I've never noticed it (and its not the kind of thing I would miss...).
What? You don't stop off at the local CEC after a hard day at work and meet with coworkers for beers?
 
Last edited:

Gedunker

Moderating
Moderator
Messages
10,954
Points
31
Glad I could help. It's the same motherly instinct that makes me yell "not safe" when I see a kid riding a bike without a helmet.
Perhaps you've bought into the negative tactics anti-bicyclists and helmet manufacturers have been selling. Take a look at this .pdf for an authoritative counterpoint.
 

chrisinmd

Cyburbian
Messages
322
Points
11
I have never been in a CEC. Guess I will miss out on this life experience. There are no CDC's near where I live or work. I did live near one, but it always looked pretty seedy on the outside. From the decriptions it appears that they are bit seedy on the inside also.
 

southsideamy

Cyburbian
Messages
451
Points
14
Perhaps you've bought into the negative tactics anti-bicyclists and helmet manufacturers have been selling. Take a look at this .pdf for an authoritative counterpoint.
I'm a mom. Do you think rational thought comes into play here?

That said, cool link. I had no idea there was another side to that issue!
 

Dan

Dear Leader
Staff member
Moderator
Messages
17,298
Points
52
New twist on the usual Chuck e cheese assaults. Seems that folks are now smacking the mouse around!
I blame the recession, fluoridated water, video games, the lack of prayer in public schools, the absence of acai juice from the menu at CEC, and/or state laws that prevent mascots from carrying concealed weapons.
 

Dan

Dear Leader
Staff member
Moderator
Messages
17,298
Points
52
And, in suburban Buffalo, more problems with Chuck E Cheese.

Buffalo News said:
Some Amherst Town Board members question whether Chuck E. Cheese’s really is the place “where a kid can be a kid.”

In a 3-3 vote this week, the board failed to approve a game license for the kids-themed food and entertainment venue on Harlem Road, citing concerns about violent video games and bad behavior by patrons that require police intervention.

Council Member Shelly Schratz said she was disturbed by several “action-packed shoot-and-kill games” that were accessible to children as young as 4.
Some of the comments to the article are disturbing.

some bigoted idiot said:
place brings too much hood into Amherst if you know what I'm saying
 

Maister

Chairman of the bored
Messages
26,393
Points
52
Dan said:
I blame the recession, fluoridated water, video games, the lack of prayer in public schools, the absence of acai juice from the menu at CEC, and/or state laws that prevent mascots from carrying concealed weapons
Buffalo News said:
the board failed to approve a game license for the kids-themed food and entertainment venue on Harlem Road, citing concerns about violent video games
Dan, it seems your earlier accusation blaming video games for all our ills was prescient. You may want to increase your silver supplement intake.
 

JNA

Cyburbian Plus
Messages
24,414
Points
47
[OT]
I blame the recession, fluoridated water, video games, the lack of prayer in public schools, the absence of acai juice from the menu at CEC, and/or state laws that prevent mascots from carrying concealed weapons.
Gen. Jack D. Ripper's (Movie - Dr Strangelove) belief is alive and well :D ;) [/OT]
 

ofos

Vintage Cyburbian
Messages
8,278
Points
26
[OT]


Gen. Jack D. Ripper's (Movie - Dr Strangelove) belief is alive and well :D ;) [/OT]
[OT]What? Surely you don't mean to imply that CEC is a Communist conspiracy to "sap and impurify" the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people with fluoridated water?[/OT]
 

Starring_Emma

BANNED
Messages
35
Points
2
Do you think CEC restaurants attract so much violence because of exes meeting there on neutral ground with the kids and they proceed to get into fights about things like custody and support payments while they’re getting sauced?

Why do you think Chuck E. Cheese restaurants are hotbeds of violence?
I think it's because kids have to compete for the fun games and rides and then the parents get involved because some fat kid just cut in front of their little Billy.
 

WSU MUP Student

Cyburbian
Messages
9,405
Points
29
But there's no crime in Troy! How did this happen???? :D
That's about the third or fourth instance of criminal activity I remember hearing about at that particular Chuck E. Cheese in the last few years. I know there have been more than one fight between parents and at least two instances of police having to arrest drunks. And my personal favorite was the mom who beat up a kid because that kid wouldn't let her son play a particular game.
 

btrage

Cyburbian
Messages
6,423
Points
25
That's about the third or fourth instance of criminal activity I remember hearing about at that particular Chuck E. Cheese in the last few years. I know there have been more than one fight between parents and at least two instances of police having to arrest drunks. And my personal favorite was the mom who beat up a kid because that kid wouldn't let her son play a particular game.
Must be all the riff raff coming from Oakland Mall and Madison Heights.
 

Maister

Chairman of the bored
Messages
26,393
Points
52
“How dare you approach me about (how to parent) my own kid,” was the other man’s response, Federspiel said, leading to an argument.
I imagine this is probably the crux of most Chuck E Cheese violence. Parents get downright defensive about how others view the way they raise their kids. Add alcohol and impatient/frayed nerves ("Jimmy stop pulling that other kid's hair. If she doesn't want to share the ride she doesn't have to...") into the mix and that's a recipe for disaster.
 
Top